May 16, 2012

For Immediate Release

"EMILY’s List President Statement on House Passage of the Republican Violence Against Women Act "

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement on the passage of the Republican Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA):

“Republicans say they aren’t waging a war on women. But today they passed a Violence Against Women Act that fails to protect the most vulnerable victims of abuse,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Since the GOP took over the House last January, they have passed or tried to pass some of the most anti-women legislation this country has ever seen. From allowing a pregnant woman to die if a hospital has a moral objection to the care that would save her life, to attempting to redefine rape so certain victims could not seek justice, to passing a version of the Violence Against Women Act that fails to protect as many women as possible from abuse – today’s Republican party is devastatingly focused on making the lives of women harder and more dangerous.”

“Democratic women passed a strong bi-partisan Violence Against Women Act in the Senate. This November, voters will have a chance to send them reinforcements. Our country needs lawmakers with the right priorities, who want to help women keep themselves and their families healthy. Fortunately, we have an historic number of Democratic women running for office this year – and their victories will be the best defense against the war on women.”

In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY’s List raised more than $38.5 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With a community of more than 1,000,000 members across the country, EMILY’s List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List has worked to elect 87 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 16 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices. In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY’s List had the largest number of members and donors in our 27 year history.

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