About 45 years ago the wife of the principal of the Christian school my daughter attended thrust a wad of papers into my hands and said that I needed to read them.

I came from a totally a-political family — no talk, no mention, I don’t even know if my mother and daddy were registered to vote or if they ever voted.

Well, those papers were about the proposed, so-called, Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the Constitution.  I read them and quickly realized that this had NOTHING to do with ‘equal rights for women’ but EVERYTHING to do with Constituting a UNI-SEX society.

Some of those papers were written by Phyllis Schlafly and my life changed forever!!!!!

We CLEARLY defeated that effort many years ago, HOWEVER, the ERA is back with a vengeance and we MUST be aware once again. .


The Equal Rights Amendment Is an Artifact No More

Newly empowered Democrats are likely to make Virginia the final state needed to ratify the long-dormant ERA.


Not often in American history does a single state election yield the ratification of an amendment to the Constitution-a task that is, by design, perhaps the most Herculean in the U.S. political system.

But that’s what Virginia’s voters may have done on Tuesday by sweeping Democrats into power in the state legislature for the first time this century. The party’s newly empowered leaders pledged during the campaign-and have reiterated in the days since-to quickly vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment when their majorities take office in January. If they do, Virginia would become the 38th and final state needed to sign off on a constitutional revision that was first proposed shortly after women won the right to vote but has, until recently, been dormant for decades.

“We will be bringing that back, and yes, we do have the votes to pass it,” declared Eileen Filler-Corn, the Virginia state representative who is likely to become the first woman speaker of its House of Delegates.

Virginia’s ratification would cheer progressive women nationwide, including millions who have only read about the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment in history books. And it would thrust a constitutional debate back into Congress’s lap during a year that happens to be the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage. Its passage would not, however, be the last word on the ERA.

The amendment fits on a single piece of paper and has a main clause with just 24 words: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” The movement for its passage began with a proposal from the suffragist Alice Stokes Paul in 1923, and its current wording dates to 1943.

When the House and Senate each finally approved the ERA, in 1972, the resolution included a seven-year deadline for ratification by three-quarters of the states-a timeline that had been absent from the early amendments to the Constitution but had become standard for proposals in the 20th century. Congress ultimately extended the deadline to 1982, when the amendment was three states short of the threshold for ratification. But by then, the momentum for passage had long since faded.

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ERA: Expand Radical Abortion

November 14, 2019

By Tony Perkins

It may be the most dangerous bill no one’s really talking about. But if becomes law — this radical grab bag of social extremism — all of America will live to regret it. Meet the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). It’s not just about women anymore. In fact, it’s not really about women at all.

How much damage can 52 words do? Trust me, you don’t want to find out. The House majority’s new ERA may be short, but the list of consequences is never-ending. Liberals will say it’s about equality, but what it’s really about is a one-way ticket to everything on their social agenda wish list. Gender-neutral bathrooms? Check. Taxpayer-funded abortion? Check. Infanticide? Check. LGBT indoctrination at school? Check. Radical sex ed? Check. Transgender “rights?” Check. The elimination of women’s sports? Check. It’s no wonder the Democrats want to dust off the ERA. As far as they’re concerned, the old push for women’s rights is the perfect Trojan horse for everything else on their agenda.

Don’t expect the Left to let that cat out of the bag. As far as House Democrats are concerned, this is about “women’s rights.” But what rights? It’s 2019, FRC’s Patrina Mosley pointed out on Wednesday’s “Washington Watch.” Women already have equal rights under the fifth and 14th Amendments. There are even laws in place to prohibit sex discrimination. So what is it the ERA would actually do?

For starters, it would wipe the slate clean of any state or national pro-life law, amending the Constitution to create a permanent right to abortion on demand — right up until the moment of birth, paid for by American taxpayers. And, as we know from the last 11 months, “abortion,” at least as far as the Left is concerned, includes leaving perfectly healthy unwanted newborns to die.

This is a smokescreen, Patrina warns, for establishing the most radical nationwide policy on abortion ever seen. Far more radical than Roe v. Wade — and much more binding. Not that liberals will admit it. ERA Coalition co-President Jessica Neuwirth has told everyone who will listen that the proposal is “silent” on abortion. Well, the language may be silent, but abortion groups certainly aren’t. “Both NARAL and Planned Parenthood have had lawsuits in the courts in the states, where they’ve said the ERA would be used to promote and perform abortions,” Patrina countered. “It’s already been used in Colorado. It’s already been used in New Mexico.”

And what about the word “sex?” How does the ERA define it? Simple: it doesn’t. “They are intentionally ambiguous,” Patrina explains. “The term ‘sex’ is not defined, so it can be interpreted it in any way you want. That has implications for women across the board… like allowing men — not even men posing as women, but biological men– to enter women’s locker rooms, showers, facilities. It really opens up that can of worms that we’ve been fighting for so long. This would be that one quick fix that Democrats would have right in the Constitution to strip any protections a state or local government [has] against that.”

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Democrats Legislating Text Away They Don’t Like

While lawmakers fought in Longworth, one of the three House office buildings, about impeachment another contentious piece of legislation was being debated in Rayburn.

This was Representative Jackie Speier’s (D-CA) resolution, H.J. Res. 38, to remove the original deadline of the 1972 ERA proposal. As you might recall, the Equal Rights Amendment was sent to the states for ratification on March 22, 1972. 38 states needed to approve the amendment within seven years. In that time frame, only 35 states passed the ERA and Nebraska, Tennessee, Idaho, Kentucky, and South Dakota ultimately rescinded their ratification.

Read this report in full here.

A little history for you: Unfortunately Tennessee quickly ratified the ERA April 4, 1972.  Thanks to the leadership of Phyllis Schlafly, the hard work of Tottie Ellis and Dr. Shirley Curry and others, Tennessee rescinded that ratification on April 23, 1974.

Eagle Forum is still ‘front and center’ fighting this travesty.

Bobbie Patray

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