Oppose ERA, Nat. Right to Life urges
MEDIA ADVISORY, Feb. 5 /Standard Newswire/ -- Within the weeks immediately ahead, the Arkansas General Assembly will consider a resolution (HJR 1002) that purports to add Arkansas to the list of states supporting ratification of the federal Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). According to the national pro-ERA newsletter "The ERA Campaigner" (Jan. 31), "The hopes of ERA supporters all over the country are now high that the
The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee will conduct a hearing on HJR 1002 on February 7. Already, 66 out of 100 House members have cosponsored the resolution, along with 11 senators. ERA supporters have claimed to have commitments from 14 senators. Under Senate rules, it would require the votes of 18 of the 35 senators for HJR 1002 to pass.
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and its state affiliate, Arkansas Right to Life, oppose HJR 1002 because the sweeping language of the 1972 ERA would be used as a legal weapon against virtually all laws that regulate abortion -- indeed, ERAs with similar language have already been used for this purpose in other states, including
Moreover, the deadline for ratification of the 1972 ERA expired many years ago, and that the U.S. Supreme Court flatly declared it dead in 1982. Nevertheless, if three states adopt resolutions such as HJR 1002, Congress would be forced to vote on whether to declare the 1972 ERA as ratified.
NRLC and Arkansas Right to Life have prepared a two-page memo summarizing the case against HJR 1002, both on grounds that it seeks to evade the amendment process required by the U.S. Constitution itself, and because the 1972 language does not contain safeguard language necessary to prevent its use as a powerful pro-abortion legal weapon. The memo can be viewed in a web browser here, or downloaded in PDF format here.
Douglas Johnson, director of the National Right to Life legislative office in
"We'd like to see more candor by the pro-ERA side in
To request an interview or to schedule a broadcast appearance by Mr. Johnson, please call the NRLC Federal Legislation Department at 202-626-8820, or send e-mail to Legfederal@aol.com.
For additional documentation on the ERA-abortion connection, and on the expiration of the 1972 ERA, visit the NRLC website at www.nrlc.org/Federal/era/Index.html