This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is planning to vote on House Joint Resolution 79, which would extend the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The ERA is an amendment that could enshrine unfettered access to even full-term abortion in the United States Constitution.
If ever ratified, the ERA would lead to removing virtually any limits or restrictions on abortion. The pro-life advances many states have made in recent years would likely disappear. Women and men already have a full claim to equal rights under the 5th and 14th Amendments. The ERA isn’t about women’s rights, but one right—the right to late-term abortion.
Authored in 1972, the ERA has long passed its ratification deadline. The Department of Justice, as well as the numerous states that have taken back their ratification of the ERA, have made it clear that the efforts to change the deadline are more of a political tactic than an attempt to provide true equal rights.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms considers a vote to extend this deadline a vote against the sanctity of human life. We expected this kind of action from Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D, NY-12), but even some Republicans like Rep. Tom Reed (R, NY-23) are urging passage of this resolution. To say the least, it’s disappointing.