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Karla Hanson, Fargo, Published November 02 2012

Letter: Cramer adversary of ND women

The Forum’s recent series on domestic violence in our community provided a needed spotlight on a prevalent and growing problem. One story reported that one in four women in the U.S. will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

In 2011, North Dakota had 5,159 reported incidents of domestic violence, impacting 4,739 children. Six women died.

We need leaders who will work to protect women and children. One way is the Violence Against Women Act, which funds programs to help victims and help local law enforcement identify and prosecute domestic abuse and sexual violence.

U.S. House candidate Kevin Cramer will not help renew this legislation if he is elected. Cramer touts his endorsement from the Eagle Forum PAC, which proudly opposes the Violence Against Women Act.

Pam Gulleson has asked Congress to put “politics aside, and get this bill passed so that the women and children in our state get the care and support they need.” As a state legislator, Gulleson authored a bill that would ban insurance companies from classifying domestic violence as a pre-existing condition. North Dakota women and children need an advocate, not an adversary, in Congress. Vote for Gulleson for U.S. House.