Dr. Stephen Baskerville's landmark 2007 book, "Taken into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family" (Cumberland House), poignantly describes how attorneys advise divorced wives seeking child custody to accuse the father of abuse and obtain a restraining order barring him from the family home, knowing that she will never be punished for false accusations.
Senator Joe Biden, D-Del., has rushed to the aid of women who want free lawyers to help them make domestic violence accusations, and of lawyers seeking income from those cases. He is the lead sponsor of an extravagant new boondoggle called the National Domestic Violence Volunteer Attorney Network Act (S.1515).
Biden's bill would give $2 million a year to the ABA commission that wrote "10 Myths" in order to create a national domestic violence volunteer attorney network referral project. Biden wants the taxpayers to pay the lawyers' student loans.
Biden's bill will channel an estimated $55.5 million of taxpayer money to lawyers and the special-interest ABA commission will be in the catbird seat. The bill will authorize federal funding to create and maintain an electronic network, provide mentoring, training and other assistance, and set up a legal coordinator's office in each state to match lawyers to victims.
Biden's bill will give a half-million dollars to the National Domestic Violence Hotline to train feminists in coordination with the ABA project. The Biden bill will establish a domestic violence legal advisory task force and a national institute of justice to study legal services available to "battered" women.
The Biden bill will give a $75,000 grant to each of five states to create a pilot program to implement the network in coordination with the ABA commission. After the five states get into operation, the bill will roll out the program nationally with annual appropriations of $8 million.
Biden's bill passed the Senator Judiciary Committee last month despite Republican objections. To nobody's surprise, the bill is enthusiastically supported by the ABA and a long list of feminist organizations.
Feminist ideology has constructed the myths that men are naturally batterers, that women are naturally victims of an oppressive patriarchal society, and that women's accusations should be believed regardless of evidence. Courts should have learned the lesson from the infamous Duke lacrosse rape case that accusations without evidence should not be allowed to destroy innocent men's lives.
It's time for real men to stand up against this sexist nonsense and, for the sake of children, provide fathers their rights of fatherhood and of due process.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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