ERA deserved a vote in Richmond

My representative in the Virginia House of Delegates abandoned me and other constituents in the just-concluded session.

Although more than 80 percent of residents want Virginia to be the 38th state to ratify the ERA, her political party has a nationwide agenda to keep ERA out of the U.S.Constitution. The majority party in the state House of Delegates killed such action by placing it in committee to die, not even allowing it on the floor for a vote before the session ended.

My delegate would not have to answer to a dissenting vote because her party could keep the bill from having a vote. It is even more upsetting that she also abandoned me as a woman, as she did every other woman in Virginia.

I know there are some women screaming they do not want the ERA in the Constitution. That is my second point, and I want my delegate to know her constituents are not as unintelligent as her party thinks they are. Most of us can recognize dirty tricks.

The party line is that ERA could affect abortion decisions, but I know there is no connection between the two, unless men should demand an equal right to an abortion. Equal rights for women and men is what ERA says. It has nothing to do with a woman's right to abortion — that’s totally separate legislation — regardless if the party's fearsome "funky judge" may attempt to connect them when the party wants to do away with abortion.

The party's action is not about abortion, rather, it is about women in general.

The party never wants women's rights to have Constitutional protection and become permanent. After centuries of discrimination and abuse of females, it is hard to believe any woman today can be convinced she is inferior, but it is happening.

Women must protect themselves, their daughters, granddaughters and future generations of women. Please do all that you can to insure women can no longer be victims.

Linda Hansell

James City County

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