For Immediate Release: November 12, 2019
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: The House of Representatives is blatantly ignoring house rules by reopening the long-expired Equal Rights Amendment. The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a markup on this effort, H. J. Res 79, to remove the far-elapsed deadline.
This H. J. Res 79 markup on ERA is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m. ET.
“Instead of using their power to govern, the House is pursuing an unruly, partisan agenda,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “We continue to oppose the Equal Rights Amendment as Phyllis did more than 40 years ago. It would serve no other purpose than to confuse the law and create a nightmare of lawsuits. We have long known that the ERA is not really about women’s rights. Equal pay for equal work and a host of other protections are already enumerated in U.S. law.
“What the ERA would do in reality is solidify abortion-on-demand as a taxpayer-paid constitutional right, give men a constitutional right to be in women’s restrooms and locker rooms, strip churches of religious liberty protections, and eliminate sex-specific aid programs like WIC and government funding of battered women’s shelters.
“Don’t be fooled — the Equal Rights Amendment is not about women’s rights. It’s a Democratic ploy to give government more control. This disregard for House rules must be stopped.”