Representative Richard Hanna is not likely to be getting a lot of high-fives from his fellow Republicans out there. The New Yorker was the only one from his party attending a rally supporting the Equal Rights Amendment, and there he gave women some advice- Give to the Democrats.
Hanna said to the crowd of mostly women “I think these are very precarious times for women, it seems. So many of your rights are under assault. I’ll tell you this: Contribute your money to people who speak out on your behalf, because the other side — my side — has a lot of it. And you need to send your own message. You need to remind people that you vote, you matter, and that they can’t succeed without your help.”
The ERA was passed by Congress in 1972, but did not make it to the 38 state threshold to become part of the Constitution. Representative Carolyn Maloney reintroduced the amendment this year, but it is not likely to get anywher given Congress’ current structure and the fact that the vast majority of Republicans are anti-woman.
Maloney stated “If equality had been enshrined in the Constitution for these past 40 years, I wonder if we would still be hearing today from right-wing presidential contenders that women should not serve in combat, that women should think twice before they seek to work outside of the house, that women should not use birth control, and that women who do are called names that are not fit to repeat here.”
Hanna is a rarity in the GOP. He is pro-choice, and a co-sponsor of the ERA. He even acknowledged how anti-woman his Party has been saying “This is a dogfight, it’s a fistfight, and you have all the cards. I can only tell you to get out there and use them. Tell the other women, the other 51 percent of the population, to kick in a few of their bucks. Make it matter, get out there, get on TV, advertise, talk about this. The fact that you want [the ERA] is evidence that you deserve it and you need it.”
Via the Huffington Post