Change My Mind: Should The Violence Against Women Act Be Reauthorized?

04/12/2012 01:08 pm ET

Debate over the traditionally bipartisan Violence Against Women Act took a contentious turn earlier this year when Democrats sought to include language enhancing protections for LGBT individuals, undocumented immigrants and women on Native American tribal lands in a measure to reauthorize the legislation.

The move to force a vote on the updated bill has since driven a wedge between the two parties, with Democrats calling their GOP colleagues' rejection of the measure a "hard-right" move "against women," and Republicans responding with an accusation that the other side of the aisle was "scheming" with the push.

But what are the actual pros and cons of the legislation? Should it be reauthorized as currently drafted? Weigh in on the debate below and see if either of our experts can change your mind.

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