Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

Nevada is poised to ratify ERA. This vote will impact the entire nation. As you know, the ERA has been dead for forty years. However, if ERA passes in Nevada, legislators may claim it is a binding Constitutional Amendment, if they can pass ERA in two other states.

ERA History – ERA was passed out of Congress in 1972 with a 7 year time limit. Only 35 of the 38 required states ratified ERA before the 7 year deadline in 1979. Initially the ERA was supported because people believed it would give women equal rights. However, once the ERA’s content became clear, societal support quickly disappeared. The supporters of ERA have now developed a complex legal argument in which they claim, that the time deadline of 1979, can be extended. If 3 states ratify the ERA, supporters will take it to Congress and petition to retroactively extend the timed deadline. If this goal is accomplished the ERA could become a binding Constitutional Amendment.

Illinois has the ERA in a joint Constitutional Amendment Committee. This joint resolution has not been posted for a hearing, as of this writing. If Nevada passes the ERA, it is very likely that the ERA will move out of commitee for a vote in the Illinois Legislature.

* So No Witness Slips May Be Filed Until ERA is Posted*

If introduced, the Equal Rights Amendment in Illinois, stands a very good chance of being passed.

*There Are Many Reasons To Oppose This Bill*

  1. Pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood, NARAL, ACLU, The Center for Reproductive Law & Policy, and the NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund, have all submitted legal briefs, stating that the ERA supports abortion rights.
  2. The ACLU “Reproduction Freedom Project” has also published a booklet, which encourages pro-abortion lawyers to use state ERAs, as legal weapons against laws requiring parental notification for abortions on minors.
  3. All attempts to insert language into the ERA to guarantee the ERA would not support abortion rights or abortion funding, have been rejected by supporters of the ERA.
  4. The ERA would tie state legislator’s hands in their ability to curtail and restrict abortions, and leave the issue open to federal judicial mandate.
  5. Section 2 of the ERA requires that Congress be given the power to enact the provisions of the ERA. This would result in states losing their legislative ability to curtail and restrict abortion.

We will keep you informed on the progress of the ERA in the Illinois Legislature. Please see Eagle Forum for further information on ERA.    

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