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"Equal Rights Amendment" to U.S. Constitution
Bill # S.J.RES.6

Original Sponsor:
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Cosponsor Total: 15
(last sponsor added 06/26/2017)
  15 Democrats
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. S.J. Res. 6, sponsored by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), would again propose an Equal Rights Amendment to the state legislatures for ratification -- this time with no deadline attached.  A somewhat similar resolution, but containing some additional language, has been introduced in the House of Representatives as H. J. Res. 33.  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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