Help VSHL Stop the Pro-Abortion
Equal Rights Amendment
Status Update: We always knew the Senate would be tougher than the House of Delegates but we really need to focus on the Delegates after the Senate vote to ratify the ERA on January 15th. Please contact both your Delegate to urge them to oppose the ERA.
This website is dedicated to including the latest information, status updates and what you can do to help VSHL stop the ERA from passing the General Assembly.
1. Sign the Petition to oppose the ERA.
2. Contact your Senator and Delegate
It is urgent that every Senator and Delegate hear from their constituents that you are opposed to the pro-abortion ERA. Use the links below to find out who your Senator and Delegate is and their contact information.
3. Donate to VSHL
Your donations will help VSHL reach pro-life voters to get them to contact their legislators to oppose the ERA. This will be done through paid advertising in addition to our website, email list, and Facebook.
4. Talking Points to help explain how the ERA is pro-abortion.
The ERA is not currently active legislation at the federal level. The time limit for passage happened in 1982. Therefore, it is not actually legitimately before the General Assembly. Groups advocating for it now are not acting in good faith and the Members of the General Assembly must not be trapped in to this duplicity.
Don’t be Fooled!
The ERA is about abortion. It is a thinly veiled attempt to strip all pro-life laws in America. Major advocates for passage of the ERA include the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. All these pro-abortion groups agree that the ERA is essential to preventing new pro-life laws from being passed and to strip states of other active laws.
In fact, many prominent pro-abortion organizations such as the ACLU have argued, for 15 years and more, that the proper legal interpretation of the language contained in the 1972 ERA, and similar language in the ERAs adopted by some states, is to invalidate all restrictions on taxpayer-funded abortions — and, indeed, to invalidate virtually any other law that distinguishes between abortion and other “medical procedures.”
Their legal argument boils down to this: only females seek abortions, so any government policy that restricts access to abortion, or that treats abortion differently from procedures performed on men is, on its face, an abridgement of “rights . . . on account of sex,” which is precisely what the ERA forbids.
The effect of the ERA in states that passed it has proven that the agenda is to dismantle pro-life laws, including to force states to pay for all abortions with tax dollars. i.e. The case was NM Right to Choose / NARAL v. Johnson, No. 1999-NMSC-005 – you can read or download it here: http://nrlc.org/uploads/era/ERANewMexicoSupremeCourt.pdf.
The ERA is dangerous to all of Virginia’s reasonable protective laws, such as the Women’s Right to Know law, Parental Consent and Partial Birth Abortion law. If passed the courts could decide that any of these laws are an impediment to women’s access to abortion and overturned. The ERA is designed to enshrine abortion as a basic human right that women must have, and pro-life laws interfere with that.
Unborn girls and boys will be among the greatest victims if the Supreme Court were to allow this version of the ERA to be resurrected. If a new ERA with abortion neutralizing language were offered, it might provide appropriate legal protection to states’ rights to pass pro-life laws. It is not possible to add such an amendment to this version of the ERA.
5. News and Information
Here are a variety of links to information on the ERA including links to newspaper articles.
Video from VSHL President Olivia Gans Turner from Christmas that includes discussion of the ERA:
6. Useful Images