The United States House of Representatives has voted to revive the so-called “Equal Rights Amendment,” a move that would indefinitely block state and federal policy to protect the lives of unborn children and effectively enshrine abortion on demand as a constitutional right.
According to LifeSiteNews, the House voted 222-204 today to revive the amendment via a Democrat measure that would remove the past deadline on it:
In January 2020, the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel published a decisive opinion stating that the 1972 ERA has expired and that new efforts to ratify it would be considered null and void. Just weeks ago, an Obama-appointed federal district judge concurred that recent attempts to ratify the ERA by Nevada (2017), Illinois (2018), and Virginia (2020) have no legal effect and do not count towards the required three-fourths states needed to ratify the constitutional amendment.
“Congressman Chris Smith quotes @NARAL ‘s own words making it clear the #ERA would ‘reinforce the constitutional right to abortion and require judges to strike down anti-abortion laws’. The so-called #EqualRightsAmendment isn’t about equality. It’s about abortion,” pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List tweeted regarding the amendment.
— Susan B. Anthony List (@SBAList) March 16, 2021
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser heartily denounced the amendment, stating that a more accurate title for it would be the “Abortion Rights Act.”
LifeSite quotes Dannenfelser:
“The so-called ‘Equal Rights Amendment’ may as well be called the Abortion Rights Act, as it would usher in extreme policy implications by enshrining a ‘right’ to abortion in the U.S. Constitution alongside the foundational principles of our great nation. Abortion is the greatest violation of human rights in our day – the clear antithesis of equality. Its ratification would mean the indefinite blocking of state and federal policy to protect the rights of children in the womb,” she said.
Dannenfelser pointed out that the Biden administration has “emboldened the Pelosi-Schumer Congress” which has in turn abandoned its “pretenses of ‘unity'” to push legislation that would “favor the abortion industry.”
“Today, the Democrats in the House and Senate engage in a one-two punch against the Constitution and people of faith in the U.S. In the vote on the ERA, abortion activists seek to get abortion into the Constitution with a now vaguely worded call for protections based on “sex,” said Students for Life Action President Kristan Hawkins, adding that in the “Equality Act” we learn that they define sex so broadly that women can be left behind.”
The Equality Act is “falsely named,” Hawkins went on, as it disregards the rights of “people of faith.” The Equality Act and the Equality Rights Amendment, he stated, would “allow radical activists to turn the concept of sex into silly putty” and make those who insist upon a biblical view of biological sex “vulnerable to prosecution.”
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