Catholic teaching, and recent popes, speak very clearly and strongly about the equality of men and women based upon their equal dignity as children of God. And, although many advances were made for women’s equality in the years immediately following passage of the amendment, the Church recognizes the need to do more to address unjust inequities between women and men. However, the ERA in its current form poses very serious problems, including likely requiring federal funding for abortions, overturning pro-life and conscience protection laws, and even undermining government programs designed to promote women’s advancement in education and the workplace. More information about the ERA and its consequences is presented in this fact sheet.
Because of these serious problems, the Bishops are urging members to oppose the ERA in its current form, and to vote “no” on H.J.Res.17. Please join the bishops and contact your member today!