Madigan urges extension of bill to protect women

Madigan urges extension of bill to protect women

Madigan urges extension of bill to protect women

Illinois Democrats Say Violence Against Women Act Must be Reauthorized

Michael J. Madigan, chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, released the following statement supporting the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

“Twenty-four years ago, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act, a landmark piece of legislation written by Joe Biden. Our culture began to change for the better on that day. Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking were no longer considered a private or family matter. There is still work to be done.

“Today, we see relentless threats to women. With Donald Trump in the White House, women are constantly targeted as part of his agenda. As we saw with his recent Supreme Court nominee, women’s rights will remain under threat for years to come, making legislation like the Violence Against Women Act even more important.

Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

“Illinois Democrats stand united in support of the critical effort by Congressional Democrats to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and ensure that federal safeguards exist for all who face domestic and sexual violence. Allowing this legislation to expire would constitute a moral travesty.

“Here in Illinois, we are committed to responsibly and boldly addressing the crisis of violence against women. Domestic and sexual violence harms our communities, our families and our state.”

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