Ohio Women Condemn J.D. Vance For Saying Women Should Stay In “Violent” Marriages
August 5, 2022
Columbus, OH —This morning, Ohio women condemned J.D. Vance for his dangerous comments that women should stay in “violent” marriages for the sake of their children.
According to a video uncovered by Vice, Vance said, “This is one of the great tricks that I think the sexual revolution pulled on the American populace, which is the idea that like, ‘well, OK, these marriages were fundamentally, you know, they were maybe even violent, but certainly they were unhappy. And so getting rid of them and making it easier for people to shift spouses like they change their underwear, that’s going to make people happier in the long term.”
This isn’t the only evidence of Vance’s alarming anti-woman agenda. He’s called rape “inconvenient” and he even compared abortion to slavery – extreme positions well out of the mainstream that could have deadly consequences for Ohio women.
The full video of the press conference can be viewed here. Below is a summary of the remarks from the press conference:
- State Senator Tina Maharath, Columbus: “As a mom and a state legislator, I am concerned when I hear extreme rhetoric like J.D. Vance’s recent statement that appears to indicate that battered women should stay in a violent and unhappy marriage…Telling women to stay in violent marriages potentially puts them – not only them – but their children in harm’s way as well. So it’s very irresponsible and it’s very dangerous for him to say those type of things.”
- State Representative Tavia Galonski, Akron: “He thinks women should stay in ‘violent’ marriages for the sake of their children. And when he was given the chance to explain what he meant, J.D. Vance reiterated that he ‘completely stands by’ his repulsive comments that women should stay in violent marriages. That should tell Ohio women everything they need to know about J.D. Vance: he doesn’t care about our health or well-being. It also shows us what kind of U.S. Senator J.D. Vance would be: one who doesn’t listen to women because he just doesn’t care.”
- Lydia Strauss, Domestic Violence Advocate For Over 20 Years, Columbus: “J.D. Vance does not understand what women go through every day in ‘violent’ marriages. I’ve known women who wonder if they will be able to put food on the table if they leave a abusive husband… It is inexcusable that Vance refused to apologize for saying that women should stay in violent marriages, and instead stood by his vile comments. Vance has shown every Ohio woman who he is: dangerous and unfit to serve in the United States Senate.”
- Bek Norman, Reproductive Rights Advocate, Warren: “It was awful to hear J.D. Vance say that women should stay in violent marriages for the sake of the children. He’s had every opportunity to apologize to survivors of domestic violence, and instead he’s doubled down on those comments. Like most of us here, I’ve known women in violent marriages, abusive marriages and who’ve felt trapped and helpless and I’ll tell you what, J.D. Vance has no clue what’s right for those women that we all know.”