The deadline for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment handed again in 1982. But that hasn’t deterred its newest crop of activists.
Down in Virginia, a tag-team of liberal extremists and feminists are becoming a member of forces to carry the well-known piece of ’70s propaganda again from the grave. And this time, they’re making it fairly clear that the marketing campaign has extra to do with abortion than anything.
At a Richmond press convention of pro-life girls Thursday, teams like Family Research Council and Susan B. Anthony known as on Virginia leaders to reject the proposal. It’s a waste of time, they argued, in a century “where women are already protected as equals in our legislation and the courts.”
But then, as most Virginia liberals will inform you, this was by no means actually about equality.
“When my rights as a woman [are] dependent on laws, because laws can change as quickly as legislators change their minds, and Supreme Court decisions that allowed me to go to college can always be reversed, but when you enshrine my constitutional rights as a human being equal to men, well, that is the only thing that is acceptable, because amendments do not expire,” Prince William Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy mentioned on the Virginia Assembly ground.
And what “rights” are these?
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Family Research Council’s Director of Life, Culture, and Women’s Advocacy, Patrina Mosley, thinks it’s apparent. “Women are continually used as props to push an agenda. The ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) is not about women, it is really a smokescreen for abortion,” she insisted.
Tina Whittington, government vice chairman of Students for Life of America, agreed: “The only reason to pick the ERA off the dusty floor of history is because of a fierce desire to protect abortion at all costs.”
Equal Rights Amendment Coalition Co-President Jessica Neuwirth fired again that the modification is “silent” on abortion. But that’s by design.
The actuality, Susan B. Anthony List’s Mallory Quigley says, is that the Equal Rights Amendment “would alter the Constitution to create a permanent right to abortion on demand, up until the moment of birth, paid for by you and [me], the American taxpayers. It’s even more extreme than Roe v. Wade, which in a single day struck down every pro-life law nationwide.”
Although Family Research Council authorized knowledgeable Alexandra McPhee insists that ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment is a moot level, sufficient Virginia legislators sided with the proposal to ship it out of committee by a detailed 8-6 vote. Whether the measure has sufficient steam to make it via the total Assembly is one other story–one which Virginians can play an element in.
LifeInformation Note: Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council.