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PRESS RELEASE     5-15-00
Phyllis Schlafly, president of Eagle Forum, issued this statement:

"We applaud the U.S. Supreme Court for today's decision in Brzonkala v. Morrison. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was an attempt by the feminists to federalize rape and domestic violence, something that is contrary to our federal system which leaves local crimes to state and local jurisdiction. VAWA tried to give women a federal cause of action that allows attorneys' fees and punitive damages for alleged violence that was never reported to the police, let alone proved in criminal court.

"Congress has no constitutional basis for regulating domestic relations. It is neither constitutional nor prudent for Congress to impose its one-size-fits-all view of domestic relations on the states. Just as Congress should not impose a uniform federal remedy for murder, Congress should not impose a uniform federal remedy for domestic violence. Real violence is restrained by law enforcement, not by civil lawsuits.

"If VAWA had been allowed to stand, it would have opened the way for Congress to take the regulation of marriage, divorce and child custody away from the states."

Eagle Forum filed an amicus curiae brief against VAWA in the Brzonkala case.

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