San Diego – Today, on the 18th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, the Scott Peters for Congress campaign called on Brian Bilbray to explain why he voted to roll back protections in the law earlier this year.
“The Violence Against Women Act was landmark legislation that dramatically increased our ability to combat domestic abuse,” said Peters Communications Director MaryAnne Pintar. “Scott believes all women deserve these protections.”
Originally enacted in 1994, the VAWA increased the ability of law enforcement agencies to protect victims of stalking, domestic violence and sexual assault. Since then, it has been reauthorized twice with bipartisan support. On May 16, 2012, however, Bilbray voted to undermine core principles of the law by removing protections for Native American women, immigrants and members of the LGBT community.
Peters is a steadfast advocate of equal rights for all. He is endorsed by several women elected officials as well as the national Human Rights Campaign. Planned Parenthood has also endorsed him, with a 100 percent rating, for his record of standing up for women’s reproductive rights.
This is in stark contrast to Brian Bilbray who voted against equal pay protections for women, to limit women’s access to contraception and reproductive care, and to reduce the number of women protected under the Violence Against Women Act.
For more information about Scott Peters campaign to bring common-sense reform to Congress, please go to www.scottpeters.com.