For Immediate Release: February 10, 2022
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington Post Delivers Maximum Four Pinocchios Rating to Rep. Carolyn Maloney
Washington, D.C.: “Proponents of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) are in a desperate post-mortem gasp of trying to save their long-expired and irrelevant amendment to the Constitution,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “In fact, ERAers have managed quite successfully to completely ignore losses in all three branches of government — insisting still that the ERA was finally ratified and we ought to enforce it as law! Several judges, the United States Senate, and the Department of Justice plainly disagree.”
The Washington Post lays out well that Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and her pro-ERA colleagues are completely fabricating the story that ERA is ratified and the U.S. Archivist David Ferriero is now solely at fault for not certifying it as the 28th Amendment. There’s quite a bit more to it and the Post (surprisingly) does a good job laying that out.
“Phyllis Schlafly Eagles is proud of our part in this political and legal showdown,” Martin continued. “When Archivist Ferriero indicated he may be willing to certify ERA despite the long-expired deadline, our organization sprang to action and managed to box in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) with several FOIA requests and other maneuvers. For nearly a year we stayed hot on their trail, finally resulting in a definitive opinion from the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). They agreed: the 1972-passed ERA is unratified, expired, and legally dead.”
Click below to follow the full timeline of our year-long interactions with the National Archives, complete with documentation.
- FULL TIMELINE: States Sue Archivist Over ERA, Building on Year-Long Investigation By Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
- RESULTING OLC OPINION: Victory: DOJ Office of Legal Counsel Declares ERA Ratification Dead