Talking Points: S.2982 International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA)

By September 29, 2010LAC Hot Topics/Alerts
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  • There is no denying the very real problem of violence against women and children. However, what is sorely overlooked is that the main factor here is that marriage and the family are undervalued.
  • To react to this kind of violence by aimlessly throwing money at it will not solve the problem.
  • Reproductive, reactionary care for women does not get to the root of the problem.
  • Healing the husbands and families is necessary
  • Unlike the House version of the IVAWA bill, there is an undetermined amount of funds allocated to enforcing IVAWA.
  • There is, as of now, no amendment protecting life in this bill and guaranteeing that none of these funds will be used to pay for abortions
  • This bill authorizes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to designate an Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, a wasteful and unnecessary idea.
  • Secretary Clinton is also authorized to allocate funds for IVAWA programs, which gives too much power to a Secretary of State rather than Congress.
  • According to IVAWA, the United Nations will partner with womens organizations and community-based groups to run programs that are funded through the office of Global Womens Issues. These groups include Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion organizations.
  • IVAWA supports programs which participate in Chinas one-child policy of forcing abortions on women in an inhumane effort of population control.
  • Some programs funded by IVAWA will concentrate on gender analysis for young boys and girls, to ensure that the roles of women, girls, men, and boys are appropriately addressed. This vague language will be used by ideologically driven groups that will receive IVAWA funding to undermine marriage and disrespect womens noble roles as mothers and wives.
  • One item not addressed by IVAWA is sex-selective abortion, which is one of today’s most egregious policies perpetuating violence against women. In many countries, such as China, girls are targeted by abortion and boys are preferred.

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