Judicial supremacy is something every American should be concerned about. You may have noticed that liberals suddenly became much more concerned about overzealous judges whenever President Trump put two constitutionalists on the Supreme Court. Funny coincidence, isn’t it? However, the Supreme Court is a double-edged sword conservatives should not get used to wielding. One bad election cycle could take us right back to a court that consistently ignores the Constitution for political gain.
Still, if you think a Supreme Court that contorts the Constitution is bad, just wait and see what happens if the Equal Rights Amendment is ratified. That is exactly what some old-school radical feminists and Twitter social justice warriors are trying to do. ERA would let liberal judges strike down any law or government program particularly benefiting women. Under ERA, it would become unconstitutional to make any reasonable, fact-based distinctions between the sexes.
For example, women’s shelters would no longer be permissible under ERA any more than a shelter could be segregated by race. Homeless men would have a constitutional right to stay in women’s shelters. The court rightly held that “Separate But Equal” is not really equal, and ERA would make the very same standard apply to sex.
Young men could demand a right to play in women’s sports, especially those in public colleges and high schools. If girls’ swimming, basketball, field hockey, and other sports are open to boys, it would ruin the fair opportunity for girls to compete in athletics. It might sound ridiculous, and that’s because it is. Taxpayer-funded abortion, a litmus test for radical feminists, fell just one vote short of becoming a constitutional right in a 1980 decision of the Supreme Court. If ERA became part of the Constitution, federal courts would impose taxpayer-funded abortion nationwide.
That is not some worst-case scenario. It is a very real future for our nation if the Equal Rights Amendment is allowed to pass. ERA is a Pandora’s Box that America refused to open back in the 1970s and we cannot afford to open it now. Don’t fall for the Twitter-ized bumper sticker slogans about equality. The best thing we can do for American women is to stand up against the Equal Rights Amendment.