RICHMOND, January 23, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-lifers breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday as a campaign to resurrect the so-called Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) by Virginia Democrats was halted in a state House subcommittee.
Virginia has taken up the cause of ratifying the ERA, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that was defeated decades ago. It’s unclear what success would actually mean for the proposal, as several states have since rescinded their support and many argue passage is moot so long after the original 1982 deadline, but left-wing activists argue Virginia would be the long-awaited 38th state to ratify it.
Ostensibly, the ERA simply states that “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” But conservatives argue that if implemented, this redundant language would be interpreted as codifying into law non-rights such as abortion and have broad ramifications on everything from the military draft and sex-segregated prisons to women-only restrooms and male-only clergy.
Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins called the amendment a “Trojan horse for taxpayer-funded abortion,” adding that it was attempting to enshrine in the Constitution an “unlimited right
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