CLAIMS: The Equal Rights Amendment has been ratified and becomes enforceable on January 27; the ERA can be formally made part of the Constitution by actions of Executive Branch officials and/or a vote of the Senate REALITY: ERA continued to suffer big federal court losses in 2021, extending a 40-year losing streak in the federal …Continue reading "Pro-ERA groups pressure Justice Dept. to embrace ERA-ratification fictions"
Reality: ERA continued to suffer big federal court losses in 2021, extending a 40-year losing streak in the federal courts; the unconstitutional ERA-revival bill is virtually dead in the Senate; ERA backers are urging Executive Branch officials to ignore federal court rulings and say ERA was ratified. WASHINGTON (January 20, 2022)– Backers of the long-expired …Continue reading "MEDIA ADVISORY: Current claims by Equal Rights Amendment backers: ERA takes effect on January 27; we are close to victory in our long struggle for the ERA."
WASHINGTON – Within the past 10 days, multiple political actors promoting resuscitation of the long-expired 1972 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) have stepped up a campaign to pressure the Biden-Harris Administration, and the Justice Department in particular, to take actions that would effectively embrace claims that the ERA has been ratified and is now part of …Continue reading "ERA-resuscitation groups pressure Executive Branch officials to ignore judicial rulings and pretend that the Equal Rights Amendment has been ratified"
ERA-Abortion Link, Once Denied, Is Now Openly Proclaimed by ERA Backers. WASHINGTON – Backers of the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) will begin yet another series of shock-paddle treatments to the long-expired proposal this week, with a hearing on “The Equal Rights Amendment: Achieving Constitutional Equality,” in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight …Continue reading "MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. House Oversight Committee to Hold ERA Hearing October 21, While Democrat-Appointed Judges Extend Unbroken 40-Year Losing Streak for ERA-Resuscitation Legal Claims."
By Douglas D. Johnson, Senior Policy Advisor and Director, ERA Project, National Right to Life Committee [Originally published March 18, 2021. Updated June 30, 2021.] Judge Rudolph Contreras, a federal district judge appointed by President Obama, ruled on March 5, 2021 that the Equal Rights Amendment resolution approved by Congress in 1972 contained a constitutionally valid ratification …Continue reading "Three cases, five courts, 23 judges and justices: Federal judges of every stripe have scorned legal theories intended to resuscitate the Equal Rights Amendment"
Democrat-Appointed Judges Extend Unbroken 40-Year Losing Streak for ERA-Resuscitation Legal Claims WASHINGTON – Groups that believe that the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment can still become part of the U.S. Constitution will hold a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, August 26, under the slogan “No Time Limit on Equality.” Rally organizers …Continue reading "ERA Supporters Hold August 26 Rally at U.S. Supreme Court, But Sharply Disagree on Legal Theories and Political Strategy; “Deadline Removal” Measure Dead in Water in U.S. Senate"
WASHINGTON – A three-judge federal court of appeals panel today unanimously upheld the dismissal of Equal Means Equal v. Ferriero, one of two ongoing lawsuits that implausibly claim that the federal Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has been ratified and is part of the U.S. Constitution. “Today’s ruling continues an unbroken, 40-year losing streak by advocates …Continue reading "Federal Appeals Court Unanimously Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit Claiming Equal Rights Amendment Was Ratified; Extends Unbroken 40-Year Losing Streak For ERA-Resuscitation Legal Claims"
Dear Senator: The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) strongly opposes H.J. Res. 17, approved by the House of Representatives on a near-party-line vote on March 17, and its Senate companion, S.J. Res. 1, introduced by Senators Cardin and Murkowski. These measures purport to “remove” the ratification deadline that the 92nd Congress included in the …Continue reading "NRLC urges opposition to attempts to revive pro-abortion Equal Rights Amendment"
WASHINGTON – Three Democratic attorneys general today appealed a landmark March 5 ruling by federal Judge Rudolph Contreras, who held that the Equal Rights Amendment expired decades ago, and that the ERA in reality has not been “ratified” by 38 states as has been widely reported (Virginia v. Ferriero). Attorneys general Mark Herring (Virginia), Aaron …Continue reading "Appeal of D.C. Federal Judge’s ERA-Expired Ruling Likely to Extend an Unbroken 40-Year Losing Streak For ERA-Resuscitation Legal Claims"
The overall level of support for the ERA in the U.S. House of Representatives has plunged over the past 50 years — from 94% in 1971, to slightly below 2/3 (65%) in 1983, to just 52% on the March 17 roll call. A bare majority–while Article V clearly requires two-thirds votes.Continue reading "ERA support has plunged over the past 50 years"
The measure instructs that North Dakota “should not be counted by Congress…Archivist…any court…,” because its ratification “officially lapsed” By Laura Echevarria, Communications Director and Press Secretary In a first-in-the-nation move, the North Dakota legislature today gave final approval to a measure to formally notify Congress, the Archivist of the United States, and the federal courts …Continue reading "Equal Rights Amendment: North Dakota Legislature Approves “Count Us Out” Resolution, Formally Notifying Federal Authorities That the State’s 1975 Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment Expired in 1979"