My letter published in the May 16 Herald supported the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and criticized Republican opposition to its protections for women. Then another letter writer demanded I examine the offensive amendments added by Democratic senators.
Here's the most objectionable amendment congressional Republicans oppose: Since state and local law enforcement have inadequate jurisdiction over Indian reservations, and Native-American law enforcement has no jurisdiction over non-Native Americans on reservations, there is often no legal protection for women who are attacked on reservations by non-Native Americans.
The amendment the Democrats added would authorize Native-American reservation police with jurisdiction over all persons accused of domestic violence, regardless of race or ethnic origin, on Indian reservations. This is not a money thing.
Why do Republicans oppose this compassionate amendment? Is their "War on Women," even larger than their state-by-state campaign to destroy access to legal abortion and contraception for all women, regardless of any woman's individual moral standards? How does depriving women of their civil rights give men freedom of religion?
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Joy K. Rasch, Kennewick