"McConnell has never opposed the central purpose" of the law, Farley reports. "In fact, he was a cosponsor of the original bill in 1991, and he has twice supported its reauthorization. McConnell did vote against a massive crime bill that included the VAWA because it also contained a ban on assault weapons."
The second half of the question in the ad says McConnell voted "against enforcing equal pay for women" in 2012 and 2009. The phrase is debatable, Farley writes: The 2012 bill would have "prohibited companies from barring employees from talking with co-workers about their pay; required businesses to give a reason for disparities in pay; and allowed women to sue employers for punitive damages if they were paid unfairly." McConnell and other Republicans said the law already bans unequal, gender-based pay, and the bill would have just caused more lawsuits. The 2009 bill, which passed, extended the time for women to file pay-discrimination suits to 180 days after their last paycheck. McConnell "supported a failed amendment that would have started the 180-day statute of limitation clock from 'the date when the person aggrieved has, or should be expected to have, enough information to support a reasonable suspicion of such discrimination'," Farley notes.