For Immediate Release: April 27, 2023
Pro-Abortion Dems Ignore the Rules & Will of the People at Their Political Peril
Washington, D.C. – Ahead of a U.S. Senate vote today to declare the Equal Rights Amendment ratified – ignoring the long-expired deadline and the will of several states that have rescinded their support — Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America reiterated that votes will be scored and double-weighted in each member’s profile on the group’s National Pro-Life Scorecard.
The score letter reads, in part:
“The Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as proposed in 1972 and as interpreted by a wide range of legal scholars and by several lower courts, would install a sweeping legal mandate for abortion on demand, funded with taxpayer dollars, into the U.S. Constitution. Even the most egregious laws and regulations can be rolled back eventually, but a constitutional amendment would indefinitely block state and federal legislation to protect the unborn and the consciences of Americans who do not wish to participate in abortion.”
SBA Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser added:
“It took President Biden five seconds to announce that he is going all in on a radical pro-abortion agenda to gin up the base going into 2024, and his party is falling in lock step. They will rewrite all the rules and the Constitution itself to impose abortion on demand, paid for by the taxpayer, in all 50 states. Legal experts on both sides of the aisle, including the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, agree the deadline to ratify the ERA expired long ago, and several states have rescinded their support. This latest attempt to do an end run around the democratic process is nothing less than an assault on mothers, babies and the rule of law.
“Seven in 10 Americans want more protections for unborn children and their mothers, not fewer. Pro-abortion Democrats ignore the will of the people at their political peril and we will work with our Senate allies to expose and stop them.”
In January of 2020, the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel published a decisive opinion stating that the 1972 ERA has expired and that new efforts to ratify it would be considered null and void. Then in 2021, an Obama-appointed federal district judge concurred that recent attempts to ratify the ERA by Nevada (2017), Illinois (2018), and Virginia (2020) have no legal effect and do not count towards the required three-fourths states needed to ratify the constitutional amendment. Recently, in February of 2023, a D.C. federal appeals court affirmed the prior district court decision, ruling that it can’t order the ERA to be published as part of the Constitution.
Since the Dobbs decision, more than a dozen states have taken action to protect life. Every state with strong pro-life laws on the books allows necessary and timely medical treatment to save the life of a pregnant woman.
SBA Pro-Life America is tracking the abortion extremism of the Biden-Harris administration at sbaprolife.org/biden-harris.
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.