SBA List Praises Compelling Opinion on ERA from U.S. Justice Department

January 10, 2020
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1972 ERA Is Dead and Cannot Be Revived

Washington, D.C.  – Today the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) celebrates the opinion of the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel that the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), first introduced in 1972, is dead and that Congress can only seek its revival through a completely new enactment. The statement affirms that the 1972 ERA has expired and new efforts to ratify it are void and will not be accepted as valid.

SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser issued the following statement:

“We are glad to hear that the Justice Department has issued an official opinion recognizing that this amendment cannot be revived. The statement released this week by the Office of Legal Counsel is definitive and persuasive. It makes clear there can be no end run around the requirements of the U.S. Constitution on this matter – the 1972 ERA is defunct and not available to be ratified. This is a compelling opinion that we agree with wholeheartedly. To ratify the ERA would have instituted a federal constitutional right to abortion – a clear assault on the rights of unborn babies – including unborn girls – and their mothers.”

Last year, SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser sent three letters to oppose ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. SBA List has advocated continually both to Congress and the Virginia General Assembly to oppose ratification of ERA in its current form.

SBA List is a network of 837,000 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.



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