The Associated Press reports that South Carolina lawmakers were taped joking “Pop her … pop her again” at a committee meeting when they tabled a bill aimed at strengthening state law against domestic violence.
The bill’s title is “Protect Our Women in Every Relationship (POWER).”
At Tuesday’s meeting, according to the newspaper account, Rep. John Graham Altman asked why the bill’s title “Protect Our Women in Every Relationship (POWER)” just mentioned protecting women.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Harrison suggested calling the bill the “Protecting Our People in Every Relationship Act,” or “POPER,” the newspaper reported.
A voice on the tape is heard pronouncing the bill as “Pop her.” Then another says “Pop her again,” followed by laughter.
“I do not understand why women continue to go back around men who abuse them,” Altman told WIS-TV later. “I mean, you women want it one way and not another,” he told the female reporter.
“And they wonder why we [South Carolina] rank in the bottom on women in office and we lead in women getting killed by men,” Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, a Democrat who sponsored the bill, said. House leaders said they plan to reintroduce the bill.