Officials in Topeka, Kansas have apparently decided that protecting women against domestic violence is a crime that can be tolerated in the name of budget cuts. City and county are battling it out over the costs of prosecuting such cases, including repealing a local law against domestic battery (even though the state law still makes such behavior illegal). This situation is another instructive illustration of how economic and political power are required to support and maintain basic rights. A law on the books is clearly not enough.
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