After their bogus impeachment witch hunt into President Donald Trump backfired, House Democrats are now desperately trying to save the abortion industry.
The Democratic-controlled House has voted to remove the decades-old deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Lawmakers voted 232-183 to pass legislation that would repeal the 1982 deadline for states to ratify the ERA.
In a mostly party-line vote, only five Republicans — Utah’s John Curtis, Illinois’ Rodney Davis, Pennsylvania’s Brian Fitzpatrick, New York’s Tom Reed, and New Jersey’s Jeff Van Drew — joined with 227 Democrats in favor of the bill.
No Democrats opposed it.
Democrats went ahead with the vote, though without the blessing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Last week, the liberal justice shocked a crowd at Georgetown University by saying trying to revive an effort that started in the 1970s is pointless and that’s it’s time to move on.
“I would look to see a new beginning,” Ginsburg said, adding that there’s “too much controversy about late-comers.”
So what is the ERA?
Ginsburg’s comments, which align with the Trump administration’s views, come amid late-breaking efforts to ratify a constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights to all citizens regardless of sex.
With Virginia’s ratification of the amendment in January, supporters of the renewed ERA push say the requisite number of states have approved the measure.
The ERA was passed by Congress in 1972, however, there was a seven-year deadline placed on it for state ratification.
Once the deadline was reached, only 35 states had approved the ERA.
For constitutional amendments, 38 states must agree to ratification — which comes to the three-quarters of the states required by the U.S. Constitution.
While it seems next to impossible to ratify the ERA, House Democrats are trying to ramp up their efforts.
Critics say Democrats’ actions are pointless.
The Eagle Forum explained why the ERA is not needed:
The ERA doesn’t give women any more protection than they already have. The 14th Amendment, as well as many other laws like Title IX, the Equal Opportunity Act of 1963, the Equal Employment Opportunity Discrimination Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and the Equal Pay Act, provide women equal rights.
Removing the 7-year ratification deadline doesn’t bring the Amendment any closer to ratification. For 24 of the states that passed the ERA, their votes to ratify the ERA explicitly expired on March 22, 1979. To add to this, in 1982, the Supreme Court ruled, in NOW v. Idaho, that ERA failed ratification and was effectively dead.
If women’s equal rights are already protected, what could Democrats hope to reap from removing the ERA’s deadline?
Spoiler: it’s all about more abortion rights for Democrats.
State ERAs – for example, those passed in Connecticut and New Mexico –were subsequently used to overturn abortion limits and mandate taxpayer funding of the procedure, since any restrictions on abortion were reasoned to be specific to females alone and, therefore, a form of sex discrimination.
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said the passage of the ERA bill in the House shows the “desperation of the abortion lobby as they attempt to tamper with a legal deadline to force abortion into the law.”
Critics are calling on the GOP-controlled Senate to block the bill.