For Immediate Release: February 28, 2022
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Leftist Can Demand All They Want — ERA’s Dead & U.S. Archivist’s Hands Are Tied
Washington, D.C.: “When it comes to leftists, ERA proponents are a special kind of ill-informed activist,” said Phyllis Schlafly Eagles President Ed Martin. “Time and again they focus their screeching megaphone on whatever victim they believe can magically change the Constitution to add the Equal Rights Amendment.
“They demanded U.S. Archivist David Ferriero do so after Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia supposedly ‘ratified’ ERA in show-votes. We were glad to take part in that fight and get the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel to weigh in. The OLC confirmed what Congress already knows (with a few dishonest exceptions) and federal courts, including the Supreme Court, have confirmed several times over. The ratification deadline for ERA is long past, and the pending amendment expired decades ago.
“Now the radical feminists have turned their rage against Joe Biden and his first State of the Union address. Apparently they think the President of the United States can wave a magic wand and fabricate the ERA as our 28th Amendment! Scrolling through the Tweets supporting this view would be humorous if it all weren’t so sad and misinformed. As a reminder to America: the Equal Rights Amendment of 1972 has expired and cannot simply be revived. As the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pointed out, the process would have to start over.
“The U.S. Archivist can’t certify it, Congress can’t backdate it, and the President can’t just speak it into being. ERA is dead, and Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, along with millions of concerned Americans, buried it many years ago.”
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