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Women Against Deal!
From the first year he was in the state senate, when he voted against the protections for battered women, to the last year he was in Congress, Nathan Deal’s career is pock-marked with failure after failure to step up and protect women.
- From 1981 to 1988, voted against FOUR domestic violence bills. On one occasion – he was THE ONLY member of the entire Georgia legislature to vote against a domestic violence bill.
- Deal also fought against the Georgia Domestic Violence Act that Roy Barnes sponsored. The bill allowed police officers to arrest a spouse suspected of abusing another spouse without a warrant. Deal opposed the bill because it would “violate the sanctity of the family.”
- In 1991, Deal wrote a bill that would dismantle Georgia’s rape shield. Deal’s bill would have allowed defense attorneys to put a rape victim on the stand and question what she was wearing at the time of the crime, and her past sexual and social history. In effect, it would have let defense attorneys suggest that a woman ASKED to be raped.
- Thousands of women, prosecutors and law enforcement officers protested Deal’s bill – eventually striking it down and keeping Georgia’s rape shield intact.
- Once Congressman Deal got to Washington, DC – one of his first acts was to vote against the Family Medical Leave Act. The bill allows employees to take time off of work for the birth or adoption of a child and to care for a seriously ill loved one.
- Deal also voted against the Violence Against Women Act in Congress – solidifying his resume as anti-women.
- During his time in Congress – Deal voted at least FOUR times against equal pay for women in the workplace. One of these votes was against he landmark legislation – the Lilly Ledbetter Act. Deal doesn’t want women to earn the same amount as men, thus, he voted SIX times to increase his own salary to the tune of $21,000.
Congressman Deal has consistently voted against the interest of Georgia’s women.
Why should we vote for him?