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Yes, you read that right. Some lawmakers want to amend the U.S. Constitution to guarantee a right to a taxpayer-funded abortion. But, they’re not being upfront about their goal.
You probably have heard about the Equal Rights Amendment by now. It sounds straightforward, right? Who wouldn’t want equal rights for men and women? The only problem? Its secret goal is to enshrine a right to taxpayer-funded abortions into the U.S. Constitution.
We already have state and federal laws that seek to remedy inequities in education, the workplace, and the marketplace. That of course doesn’t mean that women always receive equal treatment (for example, there is a problem of a backlog in testing rape kits, which disproportionately harms female victims of crime), but those issues should be addressed when they occur, without enshrining a new right to end innocent human life at the taxpayer expense.
Some states, such as Virginia, are planning on introducing resolutions to support the Equal Rights Amendment, but many people are not aware of this. Especially for pro-lifers, the ERA holds serious issues.
Here are what some pro-life groups are saying:
According to the Illinois Family Institute,
“Since abortion is unique to women, any attempt to restrict a woman’s access to abortion would be seen, under the rules of the ERA, as a form of sex discrimination. As a result, abortion restrictions would be overturned. In addition, since medical procedures unique to men are funded by Medicaid (such as circumcision and prostatectomies), then abortion which is unique to women, must also receive Medicaid funding under ERA requirements. Pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood, NARAL, the ACLU, the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, and the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund have all submitted legal briefs stating that the ERA supports abortion rights.”
National Right-To-Life notes, “A 1998 ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court provides the clearest and most recent demonstration of the very real power of this legal argument. New Mexico adopted an ERA to its state constitution that is very similar to the 1972 federal proposal. The New Mexico ERA says, “Equality of rights under law shall not be denied on account of the sex of any person.” The 1972 federal proposal reads: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
“Every justice on the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed that this classic ERA language mandates taxpayer-funding of abortions. The unanimous court held that a state ban on tax-funded abortions “undoubtedly singles out for less favorable treatment a gender-linked condition that is unique to women.”
As we can see, the Equal Rights Amendment should cause serious concern for pro-lifers. Will you join us today in our battle by signing up here?