“Equality of rights under law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
Thus says the proposed 1972 Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. How could any modern person disagree with such a straight forward proposition? Because the Amendment is a Trojan Horse intended to gut pro-life laws and usher in a Constitutionally protected era of unfettered abortion.
The ERA is all about abortion
Liberal Congresswoman, Bella Abzug (D-NY) made it clear back in 1971 that the ERA would supersede sex-based pro-life laws, because only women can become pregnant:
“Thus the amendment … eliminates all existing legal distinctions based on sex and rejects the assumption that sex is ever a reasonable legal classification.”
Another liberal Congressman from New York, Gerald Nadler (D-NY), made it clear in 2018 that passing the ERA is a back-up plan if Roe v Wade is overturned:
“We cannot trust the Supreme Court not to go back … what the Supreme Court giveth, the Supreme Court can taketh away … we are worried now that another Supreme Court nominee … might overturn Roe v. Wade …”
Legal scholars admit Roe v Wade needs the ERA
Abortion-friendly legal scholars recognize that the Roe v Wade decision was a verbal smokescreen with no Constitutional basis. Harvard’s pro-abortion, pro-ERA legal scholar, Laurence Tribe, admitted as much:
“One of the most curious things about Roe is that, behind its own verbal smokescreen, the substantive judgments on which it rests are nowhere to be found.”
Stanford Law School’s former dean, John Hart Ely concurred by acknowledging that Roe v Wade …
“is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be. What is frightening about Roe is that this super-protected right is not inferable from the language of the Constitution …”
What is frightening to the pro-life community is that such a dishonest case still stands.
Even a sitting Supreme Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has acknowledged that Roe v Wade’s flaws need to be shored up, which the ERA would do:
“the Court presented an incomplete justification for its action … the Court’s Roe position is weakened … by the opinion’s concentration on a medically approved autonomy idea, to the exclusion of a constitutionally based sex-equality perspective.
It is essential to woman’s equality with man that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling. If you impose restraints that impede her choice, you are disadvantaging her because of her sex.”
The ERA forced New Mexico taxpayers to fund abortion
New Mexico passed the ERA in 1973. In a 1998 ruling, the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld a case which compelled New Mexico taxpayers to fund abortions, basing its ruling solely on the ERA. The same happened in Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Ultimately, the Equal Rights Amendment has nothing to do with equal rights. It is a smokescreen to beat back pro-life regulations which have been spreading across the U.S. at the speed of love.
The ERA passed Congress in 1972, who then gave the states seven years to ratify the amendment. It takes 38 states to amend the Constitution. Thirty-five approved the ERA before the deadline for ratification passed. Five of those states later changed their mind and rescinded their approval.
Undeterred, pro-abortion legislators are trying to work around the process to resuscitate the ERA. They will vote on Thursday on House Joint Resolution 79 which removes a deadline on the ratification process.
In recent years, Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia have passed the ERA, bringing the total number of states approving the amendment to 38 according to abortion advocates, even though the deadline passed decades ago, and even though five of those states rescinded their ratification.
Here is what you need to do now
Again, the ERA is all about abortion. Contact your member of Congress with a message something like this:
I am writing to ask you to vote ‘no’ on H.J. Res. 79 that will extend the deadline of the Equal Rights Amendment.
I embrace the American creed that boldly states that we each possess immutable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I am deeply concerned that the ERA would abolish common sense and humane pro-life regulations passed at the state level. Even more, I absolutely oppose the potential for taxpayer and federally funded abortions being included in the Constitution.
Biologists unanimously affirm that human life begins at the instant of fertilization. I ask that you consider the impact this Amendment could have on unprotected human life in the womb.
Equal rights apply to unborn children. The ERA would threaten those rights.
As your constituent, I respectfully ask you to vote NO on H.J. Res 79 this week.