Federal – H J Res 38
“Equal Rights Amendment” to U.S. Constitution
January 30, 2019
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) opposes adding any so-called “Equal Rights Amendment” to the federal Constitution, unless an “abortion-neutral amendment” is included to prevent the ERA from being used as a pro-abortion legal weapon. In 1972, Congress submitted to the states an ERA that contained no abortion-neutral language, and therefore could be used to attack virtually all limits on abortion. The ERA failed to achieve ratification by the required 38 state legislatures by the 1979 deadline that Congress included in the original resolution; only 35 legislatures passed ratification resolutions, most of which explicitly referred to the deadline, and five states rescinded their ratifications before the deadline. In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that the 1972 ERA was dead. Nevertheless, on January 30, 2019, pro-abortion Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Ca.) introduced H. J. Res. 38, which purports to retroactively remove the ratification deadline. NRLC opposes H.J. Res. 38 because it seeks to place the pro-abortion 1972 ERA into the U.S. Constitution, and also because it seeks to employ an unconstitutional method. The Senate companion resolution is S. J. Res.6. To view documentation on the ERA-abortion connection, and documentation that the 1972 ERA died in 1979, click here.
Original Sponsor 1
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)