I received the following email yesterday:
As I am sure you are aware, there has recently been a great effort by the Jewish Community to help free Tamar Epstein from the chains of being an Agunah. Her ex-Husband (they are civilly divorced) is an aide for the prominent House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Representative Dave Camp. Recent efforts have focused on pressuring Rep. Camp to make a statement condemning all forms of emotional abuse including Get refusal.
This is especially critical because he has previously referred to this issue as “gossip”.
For several days hundreds of people posted on his facebook page. Unfortunately Camp did not respond and instead disabled his wall. This aspect has been covered by Politico, Foxnews, and The Jewish Week.
We are now making an effort to have the public sign a petition (which has over 3,000 signatures ) asking Camp to make a statement. See https://www.change.org/petitions/us-rep-for-the-4th-district-of-michigan-stand-up-against-abuse.
I state explicitly that I have not looked into the details of Aharon Friedman's claims. If that disqualifies my support for the petition in your eyes, so be it. However, I believe that a Get must never, under any circumstances, be used as a weapon or as leverage.
I have written about Agunah issues elsewhere on this blog; see, for example, this post from 2008. I believe they are best handled without direct pressure and head-to-head battles. That said, I know there is room for such pressure as well, and I pray that this pressure will succeed.