The Republican War Against Women has steamrolled into New Hampshire. In what looks to be an effort to demonstrate their hatred of women, New Hampshire Republicans are proposing two bills that would roll back domestic violence laws by restricting what judges and police can do to protect women.
For instance, HB 1581 would require police to obtain a warrant before being able to arrest an abuser, whereas at present, police can arrest an attacker upon the observation of evidence of the abuse. Such a law would keep police from intervening when a woman or a child needs immediate protection from abuse. The second bill, HB 1608, would prohibit judges from ordering the arrest of individuals who violate domestic violence restraining orders. To make matters worse, in their perennial need to suck up to the gun fetishists of the NRA, the GOP has also included langauge in the bill that would prevent judges from blocking dangerous abusers from buying firearms. It would even stop them from forcing abusers to surrender the weapons they already have. Think about that: the GOP has declared that these men (and it is mostly men) should still be able to carry a gun. Men who have demonstrated a lack of self control so profound that they mercilessly beat women and children.
According to the Concord Monitor:
“House Bill 1581 would turn the clock back 40 years to an age when a police officer could not make an arrest in a domestic violence case without first getting a warrant unless he or she actually witnessed the crime. That’s an exceedingly dangerous change. Consider the following scenario, one outlined for lawmakers by retired Henniker police chief Tim Russell:
An officer is called to a home where she sees clear evidence that an assault has occurred. The furniture is overturned, the children are sobbing, and the face of the woman of the house is bruised and bleeding. It’s obvious who the assailant was, but the officer arrived after the assault occurred. It’s a small department, and no one else on the force is available to keep the peace until the officer finds a judge or justice of the peace to issue a warrant. The officer leaves, and the abuser renews his attack with even more ferocity, punishing his victim for having called for help.”
I hate to make assumptions, but it sounds to me like New Hampshire Republicans want the power to abuse women and get away with it. They also apparently want the power to use weapons in the act too. It proves how much Republicans loathe women’s rights. This is all about the subjugation of women by men and continues the Religious Right’s crusade against women’s rights. Gender equality is a threat to the patriarchal nature of their power structure and it must be stopped. But women are not the property of men. And when I call these Republicans ‘men’, I’m using the word in the loosest sense possible. They have more in common with a cartoon caveman who thinks clubbing and dragging a woman into his cave is perfectly acceptable. This is what the GOP has been reduced to: A He-Man Woman Haters Club of chauvinistic, sexist, Neaderthals. So, I have one question: If they manage to push these bills through to passage, how long do you suppose it will be before they try to legalize rape as well?
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