NOW Says Women Need Federal Protection

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

Washington ( - Chanting slogans and waving placards that read "stop violence against women," the National Organization for Women (NOW) demonstrated on the steps of the Supreme Court Tuesday in support of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. The federal law, which protects women but not men from "violence motivated by gender," was ruled unconstitutional by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, a decision that NOW spokesperson Kim Gandy told was "an aberration."

NOW president Patricia Ireland is urging the Supreme Court to uphold the Violence Against Women Act, as the Justices began hearing arguments today in Brzonkala v. Morrison, a case involving an alleged rape at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in 1994. "State courts are riddled with gender bias, allowing violence against women to continue unchecked. Surely women must be able to look to Congress and the federal courts to enforce our civil rights and save women's lives," Ireland told More to follow