Congressional Legislation
"Equal Rights Amendment" to U.S. Constitution
Bill # H.J.RES.33

Original Sponsor:
Carolyn Maloney (D-NY 12th)

Cosponsor Total: 151
(last sponsor added 07/10/2018)
  1 Republicans
  149 Democrats
  1 Independents
About This Legislation:
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) opposes adding a so-called "Equal Rights Amendment" to the federal Constitution, unless an "abortion-neutral amendment" is included to prevent the ERA from being used as a pro-abortion legal weapon.  In 1972, Congress submitted to the states an ERA that contained no abortion-neutral language, but it failed to achieve ratification by the required 38 state legislatures during the seven-year deadline that Congress included in the original resolution. H.J. Res. 33, sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), would again propose an Equal Rights Amendment to the state legislatures for ratification -- this time with no deadline attached.  The Maloney resolution contains some language not found in the 1972 proposal.  A resolution introduced in the U.S. Senate, S.J. Res. 6, adheres more closely to the 1972 language. To view documentation on the ERA-abortion connection, click here. To read NRLC's 2015 letter opposing attempts to resurrect a federal ERA, click here.
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