|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
February 13, 2020
|CONTACT: Mallory Quigley|
Abortion Lobby Aims to Use the ERA to Enshrine Abortion in U.S. Constitution
Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a resolution intended to erase the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. First introduced in 1972, the initial ratification deadline expired four decades ago. Since its expiration, five out of 35 states who ratified the amendment before the deadline have revoked their ratification. Three states ratified after the deadline. This resolution is intended to erase the deadline imposed with 2/3 majority by a simple majority in the House.
“Abortion activists have made clear their intent to persuade activist judges to strike down pro-life laws and enshrine abortion-on-demand in the Constitution of the United States,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “To install a ‘Right to Abortion’ in the U.S. Constitution would be to deny the most basic right upon which our nation was founded: the right to life.
“Fortunately, attempts by the abortion lobby to ratify this amendment are based on wishful thinking. Experts in constitutional law, including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a supporter of the ERA, have stated definitively that the amendment can only be revived through a completely new enactment. House Democrats’ decision to ignore her compelling opinion confirms their extremist abortion agenda. This resolution is dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate.”
In January, the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice issued an official compelling opinion that the Equal Rights Amendment could not be revived, and that any attempts to ratify it would be null and void.
SBA List is a network of more than 837,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.