A Statement from Center for Arizona Policy President, Cathi Herrod, Esq.
The recent desperate attempt to resuscitate the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has nothing to do with equality for women. That has been achieved through the 5th and 14th Amendments, as well as various federal and state laws.
The abortion industry sees the ERA as a means to enshrine abortion into the U.S. Constitution. Don’t take my word for it; pro-abortion activists admit it themselves. They have used state ERAs in Connecticut and New Mexico to achieve it on a state level, and they have fundraised on the plan to use the ERA to “protect” “abortion” nationwide by claiming “abortion restrictions amount to sex discrimination.” If successful, the ERA would be used to strip away most, if not all, abortion regulations.
Pro-abortion activists have shown they will manipulate the legislative process to get what they want. Although the deadline for the ERA passed decades ago, and five states have rescinded their ratifications, activists want to reach back and unilaterally dissolve the deadline and ignore the will of five other states.
The courts have recently ruled the deadline has expired and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1982 indicated the same. Arizona should not waste time and money fighting a losing battle.