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"
By Dave Andrusko As NRLC explained yesterday, House passage of a resolution Democrats said could resuscitate the long-expired 1972 Equal Rights Amendment “was the ERA’s poorest showing in 50 years.” Only 52% of the members voting supported the resolution—“62 votes below the two-thirds margin that the Constitution requires to perform grown-up constitutional amending, as opposed to …Continue reading "“Hiding behind the rhetoric of equality for women to eliminate any and all protections for unborn babies”"
Democrats Pursue Political Theater in Face of 40 Years of Judicial Rebukes WASHINGTON—U.S. House Democrats today passed, 222-204, a resolution they claimed could resuscitate the long-expired 1972 Equal Rights Amendment. “This was ERA’s poorest showing in the House in 50 years,” said Douglas D. Johnson, senior policy advisor to the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), …Continue reading "House Passes ERA measure 222-204, “ERA’s Poorest Showing in 50 Years” 62 Votes Below Real-Life 2/3 Requirement"
WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, the House of Representatives will take up H.J. Res. 17, a measure that purports to “remove the ratification deadline” from the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment Resolution, and thereby (proponents claim) make the 1972 ERA part of the Constitution. The House passed such a measure on February 13, 2020, and is …Continue reading "U.S. House of Representatives acts on a resolution purportedly reviving pro-abortion Equal Rights Amendment, as advocates and most media downplay long string of court defeats"
Dear Member of Congress: The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) strongly opposes House Joint Resolution 17, introduced by Congresswoman Speier on January 21, 2021, which Congresswoman Speier asserts will “simply repeal” the ratification deadline that the 92nd Congress included in the Equal Rights Amendment Resolution submitted to the states on March 22, 1972 – …Continue reading "NRLC writes Congress in strong opposition to House Joint Resolution 17"