National Federation of Republican Women
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 26, 2012
CONTACT: Lisa Ziriax
405-596-3873 or lziriax@nfrw.org

National Federation of Republican Women Mobilizes
Members to Show Support for Violence Against Women Act

Calls on Democrats to Stop Exploiting Women for Political Gain

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) is mobilizing its 75,000 members across the nation to take action in showing support for Republican lawmakers' efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, as well as to refute lies being perpetuated by Democrats regarding Republican support for this legislation.

Passed in 1994 with bipartisan support, the Violence Against Women Act provides funding to fight domestic violence and sexual assault, and increases criminal penalties against perpetrators of these crimes. Congress reauthorized the bill in 2000 and 2005, both times with unanimous, bipartisan Senate support.

But unfortunately in this divisive election year, instead of quietly reauthorizing the bill as in years past, Democrats are attempting to ram through unreasonable expansions to the legislation that, among other things, will add to the deficit, which is already dangerously out of control. And, because Republicans do not support this expansion, Democrats are deceitfully spreading the falsehood that Republicans do not support reauthorization of the bill.

"We are not going to sit back and let Democrats spread an out-and-out lie that Republicans do not support the Violence Against Women Act," NFRW President Rae Lynne Chornenky says. "Republicans absolutely support reauthorization, and are, in good faith, working toward this end.

"The truth is, Democrats are using this legislation to create a wedge issue in this highly-charged election year. Democrat lawmakers seem less concerned with protecting our nation's women than with scoring political points that will help keep them in power come November. It is revolting that women -- especially those who are victims of domestic violence -- are being exploited for political gain, and it must stop."

Domestic violence is a serious problem in our nation. Several of the NFRW's 75,000 members bare the figurative and literal scars of domestic violence, including Republican Congresswoman Sandy Adams, who has taken a lead role in ensuring that the bill is successfully reauthorized before it expires in September.

The NFRW has asked its members to contact the White House and Democrat elected officials to urge them to stop the outrageous, irresponsible rhetoric and political scheming, and to instead focus on developing a workable solution to reauthorization.

Founded in 1938, the NFRW has thousands of active members in local clubs across the nation and in several U.S. territories, making it one of the largest women’s political organizations in the country. The grassroots organization works to promote the principles and objectives of the Republican Party, elect Republican candidates, inform the public through political education and activity, and increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government.

For more information about the NFRW, visit www.nfrw.org.

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