All about abortion after all?

Good morning!

Well, here we go AGAIN.  The proponents of the ERA remain committed to ‘passing the ERA’ despite what the Justice Department or anyone else might say or rule. Virginia has most recently acted to RATIFY.  We believe that it is the ABORTION issue that is driving this effort all together.

As many of you know, it was opposing the ERA that brought me into a world about 45 years ago that I didn’t even know existed.  I remember our wonderful, talented, fearless leader, Phyllis Schlafly, saying that the passage of the ERA would enshrine abortion.  She took all kinds of flack for that, ERA supporters claiming it was a ‘red herring,’  Well, I rest our case!!!

You should also be reminded that Tennessee did Ratify the ERA (1972), but under the leadership of the early Eagle Forum members,  RESCINDED that ratification in 1974.


Virginia Ratifies The Equal Rights Amendment, Decades After The Deadline

January 15, 20203:36 PM ET

Virginia became the pivotal 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment after its Senate and House of Delegates voted Wednesday to approve the change to the U.S. Constitution.

The ERA’s provisions include a guarantee that “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 Virginia Senate voted 28-12 and the House of Delegates 59-41 to approve the ERA,” NPR’s Sarah McCammon reports.

Under the U.S. Constitution, amendments become law when they’re ratified by at least three-fourths of U.S. state legislatures – or 38 out of 50. However, the ERA’s original deadline for ratification expired in the 1980s, putting its future on uncertain legal ground. That didn’t stop backers in Virginia from welcoming a long-awaited day.

“Supporters pour out of the House gallery to celebrate with Delegates Ayala and Carroll Foy,” reporter Mallory Noe-Payne said via Twitter, posting images of women hugging at the Virginia State Capitol.

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4 Potential Consequences of Passing the Equal Rights Amendment

Jarrett Stepman / @JarrettStepman / January 13, 2020
A radical feminist constitutional amendment that could dramatically change the country may be on the verge of passing.

Virginia’s now Democrat-controlled legislature is back in session, and there’s a strong chance it will pass the Equal Rights Amendment, which purports to grant equal rights to women under the Constitution.

The amendment has passed the Virginia Senate and could be passed by the House soon.

The ERA effort dates back nearly 100 years. It was passed by the House in 1971 and the Senate in 1972.

Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly led a movement that effectively killed the passage of the ERA in the 1970s, but proponents of the amendment use dubious legal theories to argue that the amendment is still alive, and that Virginia would be the 38th state needed to ratify the amendment.

Heritage Foundation legal scholar Thomas Jipping noted that the key question is whether the amendment is still alive. He wrote in a report:

The issue is whether the 1972 ERA remains pending before the states. If ERA advocates are correct that it is, then additional states may ratify it. If the [Congressional Research Service] is correct that it is not, then additional states cannot ratify it because the 1972 ERA no longer exists.

Jipping concluded that since Congress has the authority to set the deadline, which it did for the 1972 ERA, when the deadline passes the amendment effectively doesn’t exist.

This means ERA proponents have to start from scratch, which the Justice Department has argued as well.

However, that doesn’t mean that activist judges won’t uphold the ratification.

Regardless of legality, the ERA is bad news on its merits.

The ERA reads, in part, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

This may sound good and reasonable, but the Constitution already protects the rights of women as it does men.

So why pass it?

What the amendment would do, as my wife Inez Stepman wrote in the New York Post, is potentially “enshrine left-wing gender dogmas into the highest law of the land.”

The ERA could inevitably produce a host of negative consequences for the country.

Here are four of the many potential outcomes.

1. Women Must Sign Up for the Draft

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Justice Dept. Says 1972 Equal Rights Amendment Is Dead, ‘States and Congress Cannot Resurrect It’ 

01-08-2020

ABOVE:  Pro-life groups aren’t wasting any time in their efforts to oppose the Equal Rights Amendment, which they say would create a stronghold for abortion in the US Constitution. Stephanie Stone with Students for Life, one of those pro-life groups, appeared on the Thursday afternoon edition of CBN’s Newswatch to discuss the group’s concern about the ERA and abortion.

The Trump administration on Wednesday declared the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution is dead and has been dead for 40 years and no action by state legislatures or Congress can resurrect it.

The Justice Department said in a new 38-page opinion published Wednesday that recent efforts at ratification by Virginia Democrats to revive the ERA are futile.

The Office of Legal Counsel, which are the in-house lawyers for the Executive Branch of the federal government, said the time limit Congress put on the ratification process back in the 1970s was valid and has long since passed, according to The Washington Times.

“We conclude that Congress had the constitutional authority to impose a deadline on the ratification of the ERA and, because that deadline has expired, the ERA Resolution is no longer pending before the states,” Assistant Attorney General Steven A. Engel wrote.

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Equal Rights Amendment Would Force Taxpayers to Fund Killing Babies in Abortions

STATE   JARRETT STEPMAN   JAN 14, 2020   |   1:14PM    RICHMOND, VA
A radical feminist constitutional amendment that could dramatically change the country may be on the verge of passing.

Virginia’s now Democrat-controlled legislature is back in session, and there’s a strong chance it will pass the Equal Rights Amendment, which purports to grant equal rights to women under the Constitution.

The amendment has passed the Virginia Senate and could be passed by the House soon.

The ERA effort dates back nearly 50 years. It was passed by the House in 1971 and the Senate in 1972.

Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly led a movement that effectively killed the passage of the ERA in the 1970s, but proponents of the amendment use dubious legal theories to argue that the amendment is still alive, and that Virginia would be the 38th state needed to ratify the amendment.

Heritage Foundation legal scholar Thomas Jipping noted that the key question is whether the amendment is still alive. He wrote in a report:

The issue is whether the 1972 ERA remains pending before the states. If ERA advocates are correct that it is, then additional states may ratify it. If the [Congressional Research Service] is correct that it is not, then additional states cannot ratify it because the 1972 ERA no longer exists.

Jipping concluded that since Congress has the authority to set the deadline, which it did for the 1972 ERA, when the deadline passes the amendment effectively doesn’t exist.

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You will want to keep up with efforts to ratify the ERA in other states and if you have friends or families in those states, alert them to be very active in opposing those efforts.

Blessings
Bobbie Patray

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