Pro-Life Group Tells Senate Not to Pass ERA Because of Abortion Concerns

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 29, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 29
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — A leading pro-life group sent a letter to members of the Senate Thursday asking them to oppose a reintroduction of the Equal Rights Amendment because it could be used to promote abortion. National Right to Life asked senators to not co-sponsor the bill, which pro-abortion Sen. Ted Kennedy put forward.

S. J. Res. 10 proposes a federal constitutional amendment that is now referred to by some as the "Women’s Equality Amendment," but which has long been known as the "Equal Rights Amendment" (ERA).

As previously reported, abortion advocates are urging members of the Senate to hold a hearing on the bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee and to send it to the floor for a vote.

S. J. Res. 10 would add to the Constitution the following amendment: "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 Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article."

This is shte same language as in the ERA Congress proposed in 1972 but it contains no deadline for ratification.

NRLC points out that the pro-abortion nature of the bill is seen in how leading abortion advocacy groups "have strongly urged state courts to construe state ERAs to require tax-funded abortion on demand, and state ERAs have been so construed in New Mexico and Connecticut."

The letter says the Kennedy bill is similarly worded to the New Mexico language, which eventually prompted the state Supreme Court there to require taxpayer funding of abortion.

The pro-life group also warns that the ERA will not only require states to fund abortions, but will overturn pro-life laws they’ve already approved.

"Once a court adopts the legal doctrine that a law targeting abortion is by definition a form of discrimination based on sex, and therefore impermissible under an ERA, the same doctrine would invalidate virtually any limitation on abortion," the letter says.

That means laws such as bans on partial-birth abortion, bans on tax-funded abortions, conscience clause laws, and laws allowing parents to know about their teenager’s desire to have an abortion could all be wiped off the books.

NRLC asks senators to support an abortion-neutralization amendment that was originally offered during the prior ERA debate and said it would no longer oppose the bill if that amendment was included.

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