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Tell Congress the ERA hurts women + the unborn
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was passed by Congress in 1972, with the stated purpose of enshrining equality between the sexes in our Constitution. However, it failed to be ratified by three-fourths of the states (38) within the 7-year time limit established by Congress. Now, abortion activists in Congress, among others, are trying to revive it by passing a resolution to eliminate the deadline for ratification by the states (H.J. Res. 17). The House plans to vote this week and needs to hear from you now!

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!


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