PoliticsNation | February 28, 2013
>>> are 138. the bill is passed. would you describe objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.
>> that's what victory looks like. after months of gop delay and obstruction, the house finally renewed the violence against women act . sending it to president obama to sign into law . republicans had fought for months against the law. because it expanded protections for native americans and the lgbt community . that's the gop in a nutshell. opposing a law because it protects more people from violence. today, 138 republicans still vote gerns the violence against women act . but back in 2005 , just two voted no. it was happily signed into law back in 2006 . from one vote to 138, the majority of the party, that's how extreme the republican party has become.
>>> joining me now is congresswoman from california. congresswoman, congratulations on the vote 20d.
>> thank you, reverend al.
>> how could so many republicans oppose for so long?
>> you know, as much as we were applauding on the house floor today, it took 14 months. that's because it's got a proven record of success. we've seen a reduction in the number of cases of domestic violence . we've seen the number of women who've died as a result drop by 30 prnt. so why wouldn't we want to just rush to reauthorize it?
>> especially when you've done it twice before. it also parallels that 25 states enacted 42 anti-choice measures. when we look at the map this year, there are 19 states with anti-choice governors and republican state legislatures .
>> you know, one of the worst and there are many, but among the worst are giving physicians to violate their professional conduct by not sharing important information about the condition of the fetus. how much more twrised can they get in their approach?
>> and another thing that bolters me is that just today, while you were finally getting this delayed vikts ri, republicans in arkansas were overriding the governor's veto of a nearby on abortion starting in the 20th week of pregnancy and backed a second measure that would out law the procedures in most cases beginning in the 12th week.
>> you know, the irony is that you can argue that these kinds of bills are unconstitutional. and our republican colleagues are quick to say, but we don't want to do anything that's not constitutional. we've got to protect our first and second amendment rights. and here you have them. clearly wanting to violate the constitution.
>> now, stunning things have been said. in fact, a republican lawmaker in new hampshire had to apologize for saying some people liked being in abusive relationships and are free to leave. listen to this.
>> some people make the argument that a lot of people like being abused. i tind to say no. people are always free to leave.
>> these are amazing statements from elected leadership.
>> these are people that are so ignorant that they have probably never heard of the battered women's syndrome, which is, in fact, documented over and over again. women who are in violent relationships are so excluded from society, can't even go out -- or if there are children at stake if they were to leave. this is an individual who is truly ignorant.
>> well, congresswoman, thank you again for your victory and thanks for your time tonight.
>> my pleasure. thank you.
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