Bend In The Branch

The personal opinions of one among many.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005


The domestic violence law was passed in the General Assembly after it was initially spiked by a House subcommittee. But the bill was quickly resuscitated and put on the fast track after public outcry about comments made by Rep. John Graham Altman, R-Charleston.

"I do not understand why women continue to go back around men who abuse them," Altman told a WIS-TV reporter as he explained why the bill needed to be tabled. "I've asked women that and they all tell me the same answer, 'John Graham, you don't understand.' And I say you're right, I don't understand."

Altman did not attend the signing on Tuesday. Sanford was surrounded by other co-sponsors of the bill, Reps. Bob Leach of Greer and Gloria Haskins of Greenville. Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg, who wrote the original bill also attended and credited the WIS-TV report with helping revive the legislation.

The State

"Nothing is more central to quality of life than being safe in your own home and yet tragically, too many women in South Carolina haven't been able to enjoy that basic building block of freedom," Governor Sanford said.



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