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ERA is Dead, and so is Virginia’s Lawsuit

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For Immediate Release
February 18, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
(571) 420-2488

ERA is Dead, and so is Virginia’s Lawsuit

CWA Praises New Virginia AG for Championing Women

Washington, D.C. – Today, Virginia announced it will no longer participate in the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) lawsuit it joined with the states of Illinois and Nevada under Gov. Ralph Northam’s Administration. This decision comes after a recent legal decision by the Biden Administration and an Obama-appointed federal judge that affirmed that the deadline for ratification of the ERA had passed decades ago.

Concerned Women for America Legislative (CWA) has opposed the ERA since it was first proposed in the 1970s when women activists across the country rose up to oppose it and fight for the dignity of women. Radical activists have made it clear they hope that adding an equality amendment based on “sex” would allow federal courts and legislatures new powers to reinterpret every law making a distinction based on gender. Current trends to neutralize the unique differences of males and females in policy and law and redefine “sex” to include “gender identity” could be weaponized by the ERA to the detriment of biological females.

“Women are already equal under U.S. law and in our Constitution,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWA, the largest public policy organization for women in the nation. “The ERA seeks to erase women from the law under the guise of ‘equality.’”

The 14th Amendment states, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor … deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor … the equal protection of the laws.” Women can and have used established law to make progress. These include Title IX, the Equal Opportunity Act of 1963, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and the Equal Pay Act, laws in which women have made huge strides against institutional discrimination in education, employment, sports, politics, and many other aspects of society.

“Virginia’s new Attorney General, Jason Miyares, rightfully sees this lawsuit as a futile exercise and blatant waste of taxpayer dollars,” said Nance. “The ERA is dead. CWA applauds the AG for dropping this unconstitutional effort and standing up for the rule of law and for women.”

For interviews or additional information, please contact Katie Everett, Press Secretary at 571-420-2488 or at [email protected].

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 Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org  

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Update on State ERA

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UPDATE 2-8-2022
  1. 344, could possibly be voted on in the House and the Senate this week this Thursday, February 20, the same day as Gov. Mills State of the State, so your calls are needed today!

Take Action:  Contact your senator and representative. Ask them to oppose L.D. 344, the Equal Rights Amendment. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine, be sure to let them know. Find your lawmakers alphabetically by the town you live in as follows: Representative and Senator.


 

The state legislature is considering … again … passing a state-level Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). This very dangerous amendment seeks to enshrine the guaranteed right to taxpayer-funded abortion access into Maine’s state constitution and impose the most radical consequences of the gender revolution. The Judiciary Committee held a hearing and work session on L.D. 344, this session’s version of the ERA. You can learn more about the dangers of an ERA here. In spite of very aggressive testimony against the bill, at the work session, it wasn’t even deliberated further. The chair took a vote 7-5 “ought to pass.” The bill’s sponsor said in testimony that “she wished we would listen to what she is saying.” We want her to listen to what we are saying and have said every time the bill has come before us. It is government of, for, and by the people! The sponsor also promised to bring this legislation back every session until it gets passed. Take Action:

  • Contact your senator and representative. Ask them to oppose L.D. 344, the Equal Rights Amendment. Find your lawmakers alphabetically by the town you live in as follows: Representative and Senator. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine, be sure to let them know.
  • Send this e-alert to friends and family.

Please Pray: Heavenly Father, You love life and tell us in Exodus 20:13 not to kill. You also tell us in Genesis 5:2 that you created male and female in Your own image. We pray today that You turn the hearts of the legislators to Your word, that they will respect life and your design for the family and oppose the ERA. We ask this in Jesus’ name and for His sake. Amen Penny Morrell State Director

DOJ Opinion Confirms ERA’s Rotting Corpse, Again

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Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country, had this to say regarding the Office of Legal Counsel’s January 26, 2022, opinion regarding the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment:

“The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is dead. Its rotting corpse confirmed by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) itself in a 2020 opinion that concluded Congress had the constitutional authority to impose a deadline for its ratification, and that, having failed to be ratified by the required number of states as the deadline expired, ‘the ERA is not part of the United States Constitution and the Archivist of the United States may not certify it as such.’

“OLC admitted that ‘Congress has no further role in the ratification process and therefore lacks authority to modify the original deadline.’

“OLC agreed with the late liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who famously admitted the ERA was dead and the process needed to start over.

“Nothing has changed.

“Except that Joe Biden is President now, and he is tanking in the polls at the moment. So, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), led by Merrick Garland, fresh out of comparing parents to terrorists for protesting at school board meetings, has decided to issue a hilarious opinion affirming everything they had said about the ERA being dead while still nonsensically saying others could act.

“‘[T]he OLC Opinion is not an obstacle either to Congress’s ability to act … or to judicial consideration,’ it says.

“Insert a laugh-out-loud emoji, please. Sure, OLC says, Congress can always ignore the Constitution and the plain reading of the amendment.

“A day later, like a kid whose parents told him he can do anything because he is the most fabulous kid in the world, President Biden called on Congress to take on the ERA, though he is not specific on what they are supposed to do. Which makes sense, since there is nothing they can do.

“These are mere theatrics to project that they are fighting for women, when in fact, women do not want or need the ERA. Women have seen the practical effects of the left’s idea of “equality,” with men erasing our accomplishments in women’s sports competitions and putting women at risk in what are supposed to be women-only protected spaces, like shelters and women’s prisons.

“No thanks. We do not need the ERA to be equal. We are equal. They better learn to deal with it.”

 

 

For media inquiries, please contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary 571-420-2488

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State ERA is Back Again – Your Voice is Needed

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The state legislature is considering … again … passing a state-level Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). This very dangerous amendment seeks to enshrine the guaranteed right to taxpayer-funded abortion access into Maine’s state constitution and impose the most radical consequences of the gender revolution.

The Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing via Zoom on the ERA legislation (L.D. 344) at noon on Tuesday, January 11. The public is permitted to provide oral or written testimony on the legislation. A simple testimony such as “I oppose L.D. 344” is sufficient. If you would like to add more to your testimony, you can learn more about the dangers of an ERA here.

How to submit testimony and watch the hearings:

  • Committees will not be receiving testimony at the State House complex at this time and will be conducting all meetings electronically. To provide oral testimony, sign up here no later than 30 minutes prior to the posted start time of the meeting. Registrations received after that time will be accepted at the discretion of the committee chairs. Submitting testimony in writing can be done at any time.
  • View committee meetings at mainelegislature.org or youtube.com/mainestatelegislature.

Take Action:

  • Email the members of the Judiciary Committee listed below my signature. Ask the members to oppose L.D. 344, the Equal Rights Amendment. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine, be sure to let them know.
  • In addition, consider providing oral or written testimony as a private citizen.
  • Send this e-alert to friends and family.

Please Pray: Heavenly Father, You love life and tell us in Exodus 20:13 not to kill. You also tell us in Genesis 5:2 that you created male and female in Your own image. We pray today that You turn the hearts of the legislators to Your word, that they will respect life and your design for the family and oppose the ERA. We ask this in Jesus’ name and for His sake. Amen.

Penny Morrell
State Director


Judiciary Committee Members

Happily never after: Democrats push a modern-day war on women

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Washington Examiner Op-ed by Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations

If Sleeping Beauty awakened today, she may be shocked to learn that being a woman no longer means being female. Gender perception trumps biological reality. In fact, biology is downright bigotry in the progressive-era redefinition of the age-old understanding of sex as the immutable genetic code of being male or female. Prince Charming could have ovaries.

What Sleeping Beauty would find is a culture in chaos. The tempest of this 21st-century moment? A Democratic majority beholden to left-wing activists and propped up by media that temper any balanced reporting of the facts, evidence, or novel narratives that challenge tradition. Social media platforms and their attendant mobs ban truth-telling in the name of “fake news” and censor dissent.

No wonder that the Equal Rights Amendment and the so-called Equality Act are being advanced without any examination of the war on women they portend. Any scrutiny could expose their kiss of deception.

House Democrats passed a partisan resolution to “extend the deadline” of the Equal Rights Amendment by a vote of 222-204. Never mind that a federal district court recently declared that the ERA ratification effort expired with no option to resuscitate. The deadline passed long ago, said the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in an opinion from the Obama-appointed judge in Virginia v. Ferriero.

CWA Applauds the North Dakota Legislature’s Clarification on the Equal Rights Amendment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2021

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Linda Thorson (701) 331-9792

 Concerned Women for America Applauds the North Dakota Legislature’s Clarification on the Equal Rights Amendment

Bismarck, North Dakota – The final step needed to pass SCR 4010, the Equal Rights Clarification Resolution, is done. The North Dakota House passed the resolution this week, which notifies the U.S. Congress, the Archivist of the United States, and the federal courts that when the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) expired on March 22, 1979, North Dakota’s ratification also lapsed.

The 67th North Dakota legislative body has declared that once the ERA expired, it ceased to exist. SCR 4010 does not rescind the Equal Rights Amendment; it clarifies that the deadline for ratification has long ago expired.

This resolution combats ERA proponents who ignore the facts of a deadline to promote not only a genderless agenda through the suppression of natural differences between men and women but also to encourage public funding of abortion.

Concerned Women for America of North Dakota state director, Linda Thorson, speaking for Concerned Women for America LAC, had this to say on the passage of SCR 4010:

“Abortion proponents (including the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action Leagues and Planned Parenthood) have long argued in court filings that state-level ERAs guarantee a right to abort children with public funding. For them, any attempt to restrict a woman’s access to abortion under the ERA is a form of sex discrimination as women could not be singled out for a characteristic that is unique to them and treated differently based on that physical characteristic, such as pregnancy.

“Women don’t need the ERA to flourish in America. The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and multiple federal and state statutes guarantee women all the rights inherent to American citizens – equal employment, equal pay, education, credit eligibility, and more. Women are thriving and succeeding, and they are doing this without the assistance of the ERA.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

Press Release: TODAY IN CONGRESS:  Democrats War on Women 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2021

Contact:
Natalie Panettiere
202-266-4816, [email protected]

TODAY IN CONGRESS:  Democrats War on Women

The Democrat war on women and our rights is in full force this week. As part of the Biden Agenda, Democrats are determined to:

  • Erase the scientific fact of the sexes as male and female with the Equal Rights Amendment and the Equality Act,
  • Compromise women’s safety and privacy by giving males identifying as women access to female shelters and prisons under the Violence Against Women Act,
  • Force female athletes to the sidelines in competition against biological males identifying as girls in women’s sports.

All three of these issues are seeing action today, Wednesday, March 17.

The Equality Act
Read Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee’s (CWALAC) letter on the Equality Act sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee Members.

Violence Against Women Act
The House of Representatives will vote on the Violence Against Women Act around 4:30 p.m. Read CWALAC’s letter to members of the House.

Equal Rights Amendment
The House of Representatives will also vote on the E.R.A. with voting starting around 4:30 p.m. Read CWALAC’s letter to the House members.

CWALAC’s statement on the E.R.A.:

Democrats in Congress are determined to resurrect the Equal Rights Amendment even after yet another decision by a federal court declared ratification dead. The agenda of those fueling this decades-old fight today needs to be exposed. It’s no longer about equal rights for all women or about upholding the status of women as female. Here’s what the E.R.A. Coalition has to say:

While the effort to amend the Constitution to include sex equality began nearly a century ago, our renewed efforts are centered on Black, Indigenous and Women of Color, gender-nonconforming and transgender women and girls, and nonbinary people– those who are most impacted by systemic inequities.”

 Concerned Women for America L.A.C. said, “‘R.I.P E.R.A.’ Women deserve fairness and equality under the law, but Congress should not waste its time on an E.R.A. that could, in fact, undermine the progress we’ve made over the last 50 years. If legislators are truly concerned about women, they should spend their effort focusing on measures to uphold the dignity and status of women as uniquely female, not turn back the clock on gains we’ve made and ERAse women.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

 

Calls Needed on Equal Rights Clarification Resolution!

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Concerned Women for America of North Dakota stands in favor of SCR 4010, the Equal Rights Clarification Resolution, which clarifies that the proposed 1972 Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was only valid through March 22, 1979, and should not be counted by lawmakers, or any other person, as a live ratification.

SCR 4010 passed the State Senate and will be heard this Thursday, March 11, in the House Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. We are told there will be a lot of opposition to this good clarification resolution from those who support removing any restrictions on abortion, including parental consent! The House Government and Veterans Affairs Committee members need to hear from you.

Take Action!

  1. Contact the 14 members of the House Government and Veterans Affairs Committee and ask them to support the resolution. The committee members are listed below my signature. You can simply write “Please vote, ‘Do Pass’ on SCR 4010” in the email subject line or use the message provided below my signature line.
  2. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, please be sure to let them know.
  3. Forward this information to friends and family.

Concerned Women for America, Founder, and former Chairman of the Board of Directors, Beverly LaHaye, one of the most important pioneers of the conservative feminist movement, founded CWA in 1979 because she believed that women needed voices in the public sphere that represented their beliefs and values. It was the 1975 Equal Rights Amendment that gave Mrs. LaHaye motivation to begin the mission of CWA, as it remains today, protects and promotes Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy.

Thank God for the ways He chooses to use our lives and our voices for His glory, to protect and promote His ways. Thank God for Mrs. LaHaye and her obedience to lead others to promote Biblical values in our culture. Use your voice today and ask the committee to support the resolution.

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14

Linda Thorson
State Director


Sample email or phone message:
Dear Rep. ______,

Please give the Equal Rights Clarification Resolution, SCR 4010, a “Do Pass” recommendation. The deadline for ratification expired long ago. The ERA is a poorly worded resolution and could be used to mandate Medicaid funding for abortions and end conscience clauses for nurses, doctors, and hospitals who do not want to participate in performing abortions.

Sincerely,
Your Name, Town

Contact the members of the Government and Veteran’s Affairs Committee:
• Chairman, Rep. Jim Kasper (Republican – District 46) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-799-9000
• Vice-Chairman, Rep. Ben Koppelman (Republican – District 16) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-491-0665
• Rep. Pamela Anderson (Democrat – District 41) [email protected] or Cellphone
• 701-306-3362
• Rep. Jeff Hoverson (Republican – District 3) [email protected] or Cellphone: 701-340-8237
• Rep. Karen Karls (Republican – District 35) [email protected] or call 701-258-6836
• Rep. Scott Louser (Republican – District 5) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-833-8489
• Rep. Jeffery Magrum (Republican – District 28) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-321-2224
• Rep. Mitch Ostlie (Republican – District 12) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-320-8822
• Rep. Karen Rohr (Republican – District 31) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-202-1956
• Rep. Austin Schauer (Republican – District 13) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-730-4474
• Rep. Mary Schneider (Democrat – District 21) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-306-0860
• Rep. Vicki Steiner (Republican – District 37) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-290-1376
• Rep. Greg Stemen (Republican – District 27) [email protected] or Cellphone 507-828-7836
• Rep. Steve Vetter (Republican – District 18) [email protected] or Cellphone 612-770-8689

State Director Interviewed on ERA Resolution

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Concerned Women for America of North Dakota State Director Linda Thorson was recently interviewed by a local CBS station regarding  SCR 4010, the Equal Rights Clarification Resolution, which clarifies that the proposed 1972 Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was only valid through March 22, 1979, and should not be counted by lawmakers, or any other person as a live ratification.

Watch the interview here.

Action Needed! Equal Rights Amendment Resolution

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First, I want to thank you for the calls, emails, and prayers on HB 1415, the physician-assisted suicide bill that I emailed you about earlier this week. This was a dangerous bill, but because of your voice, the bill was voted down by an overwhelming majority!

We need your voice againSCR 4010, the Equal Rights Clarification Resolution, clarifies that the proposed 1972 Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was only valid through March 22, 1979, and should not be counted by lawmakers, or any other person as a live ratification. SCR 4010 could be voted on by the Senate as early as tomorrow, Friday, February 19. Concerned Women for America of North Dakota stands in favor of SCR 4010 and urges the senators to support the resolution.

On Friday, February 5, 2021, CWA of North Dakota submitted written testimony and gave oral testimony (beginning at 10:31:42) to support SCR 4010. The resolution passed out of committee and now heads to the full Senate for a vote. In my testimony, I stated, “Women don’t need the ERA to flourish in America. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution and multiple federal and state statutes guarantee women all the rights inherent to American citizens – equal employment, equal pay, education, credit eligibility, etc. Women are thriving and succeeding, and they are doing this without the assistance of ERA.”

Take Action!
Send a message to your state senator, and ask him or her to vote “Yes” on SCR 4010. You can find the name and contact information of your senator here.  Enter your house number, zip code, and press Search.  Click on the name of your senator to see their email address. Use the suggested message below my signature line or simply write, “Please support SCR 4010.”

Please Pray:
Father, thank you for the men and women who represent us as lawmakers in the North Dakota legislature. Provide each with the wisdom, strength, and discernment to know that Your ways will be honored and Your Name is glorified across our land!

“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.”  Proverbs 21:32

Linda Thorson
State Director


Suggested email message:

Dear Senator,

Please give SCR 4010 a “Do Pass” recommendation. The deadline for ratification of the ERA expired over 40 years ago. The ERA is a poorly worded amendment and could be used to mandate Medicaid funding for abortions and end conscience clauses for nurses, doctors, and hospitals who do not want to participate in performing abortions.

Sincerely,
Your Name, Town

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CWA Still Committed to the Principles of our Founding

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Precisely forty-two years ago, in 1978, Beverly LaHaye held the first Concerned Women for America (CWA) meeting in San Diego, California, to educate women about the threats presented by the so-called Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). More than 1,200 attended. It was the beginning of what would become the largest public policy organization for women in the nation.

CWA went on to have a resounding victory against the ERA both in the culture and the courtroom. But, believe it or not, some radical feminists never got over that resounding loss. They are still trying to revive the old, putrefied ERA corpse to this day.

CWA continues to stand in their way.

Just last week, we filed a brief in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia standing against illegal efforts to bypass precedent and keep the effort to pass the ERA alive. The brief, filed by Michael Farris, who was legal counsel for CWA back when we defeated the ERA the first time, and who is now the CEO and General Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, explains to the court why the efforts to revive this effort violates the constitutional process.

Simply put, the ERA’s ratification deadline has come and gone. The effort is legally dead. The U.S. Congress gave the states seven years to ratify it, and they failed in that effort decades ago. To pass the ERA, they would need to start the process all over again.

Even the radically liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has acknowledged as much, saying at a Georgetown Law School event that the effort to revive it comes “long after the deadline passed” and needs to start over. “I would like to see a new beginning,” she told the moderator Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge M. Margaret McKeown, “I’d like it to start over.”

In our brief, we argue ERA activists themselves have acknowledged that their time has expired in numerous public statements. But now they seek to circumvent the constitutional process and revive the effort. Even their efforts to “remove the deadline,” acknowledge as much:

The Alice Paul Institute admits that “the ERA did not succeed in getting [sufficient] ratifications before the deadline.” The Feminist Majority Foundation explains that Congress must either “rescind the arbitrary timeline on ERA ratification … [or] pass the ERA again.” Likewise, the League of Women Voters of the United States currently urges its followers to “Tell Congress to remove the deadline so the ERA can cross the finish line!” … On its website, Equality Now tells supporters they “now must urge Senators to pass S.J. Res. 6, another joint resolution to eliminate the deadline. It is more important than ever to urge Senators to eliminate the original deadline!”

The ERA was bad policy then and is still bad policy today. It is why the American people rejected it. Feminists seek to use it to force their radical pro-abortion policies on the country, like finally getting our tax dollars to pay for abortions up to the moment of birth. Big abortion businesses like NARAL and Planned Parenthood have long argued that ERAs at the state level guarantee a right to taxpayer-funded abortions.

The president of the National Organization for Women argued, “The ERA would codify reproductive rights in the Constitution and greatly support low-income women who are the first to lose access to affordable birth control when family planning services are reduced.”

And today we know the ERA would be even worse for women, given the monumental fight in which we are engaged in an effort to protect women sports. Proponents of the ERA want to redefined the word “sex” in federal law opening the door for men who identify as women to hijack women’s rights, safety, and protections.

CWA is currently fighting in courts and legislatures around the country for the right of women in women’s shelter to prevent males from coming into their spaces, a development that could further aggravate the emotional and psychological pain of women who have suffered domestic abuse, rape, and even trafficking in some cases.

The bottom line is that the ERA continues to be a disaster for women and CWA is, once again, leading the fight against it to preserve the intrinsic and unique value of every woman. We won back then. And we will do so again.

4 Things You Should Know about Mrs. America, Hulu’s Series on Phyllis Schlafly

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The Television Network FX/Hulu has released a series called “Mrs. America,” a dramatization about the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) fight. This series has offensive and often inaccurate depictions of Phyllis Schafly, Eagle Forum’s beloved founder. CWA’s  founder, Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, also worked hard to fight against the ERA in the early years of our organization and along with Phyllis Schlafly, our side won!

We at CWA are working alongside our friends at Eagle Forum to see that the truth is spoken about Phyllis Schlafly’s legacy. An attack on Phyllis is an attack on the conservative movement, and we must fight back! Recently, our CEO and President Penny Nance was interviewed by Crosswalk about this series and Phyllis Schlafly. Here’s what Penny told reporter, Michael Foust:

“She was such a bright woman – really one of the most intelligent women I’ve ever met … She was brilliant, astute and strong. She was often the only woman in a group of men and certainly the smartest person in the room.”

Read Michael Fousts’s Entire Piece Here about Phyllis Schlafly:

Garrison: ERA Does Not Secure Equal Rights for Women

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Our Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Shea Garrison, was quoted in the National Catholic Register:

Shea Garrison, vice president of international affairs at Concerned Women for America (CWA), observed, “The idea of an ‘equal rights’ amendment sounds great for women who want equality and ‘empowerment.’ However, the ERA, as it is written, does not secure equal rights for women. Rather, it puts us at risk to lose the gains we’ve made in the past 50 years. Here’s why: It says ‘equality of rights … shall not be denied … on account of sex.’ So, it is true that restricting access to abortion could be seen as discrimination against women since abortion is only applicable to women. But it also could work the other way — a man could say any law or special policies on child care, marriage, alimony, etc., put in place to specifically protect women is discrimination against him. Private women-only spaces like sex-segregated bathrooms, locker rooms, or domestic violence shelters could also be seen as a form of sex discrimination or violation of this amendment.”

“The bottom line,” Garrison explained, “is that this is bad policy that will hurt women, not give us equal rights. Women are already equal citizens under the law of the United States, and we will continue to use established law such as Amendment 14, Title IX, or the Equal Opportunity Act of 1963, etc., to wipe out any inequalities that we still may face.”

Calling the ERA “a war on women,” Concerned Women for America adds that this misguided amendment — if it were ever to be revived and passed — would:

  • Wipe out all ability to use any laws using “sex” as a defining characteristic, therefore overturning workplace and family laws that protect women.
  • Overturn privacy laws that define who may use men’s and women’s bathrooms and locker rooms.
  • Attack religious-freedom laws in situations where faith-based groups recognize distinctions between the sexes, such as in women-only domestic violence shelters run by faith-based organizations.
  • Be used to write abortion rights into our U.S. Constitution with the rationale that restricting access to abortion is a form of gender discrimination (since it singles out women for a physical trait unique to them).
  • Affect Social Security, Medicare benefits, health-insurance benefits and more.

Read more of the article on the ERA here.

CWA CEO and President Penny Nance on CBN News about ERA amendment

Penny Nance Explains CWA ERA Position in the Media

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Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, appeared on numerous programs this week explaining why we’re opposed to the ERA and why it’s harmful for women and for our nation:

Penny Nance interview on Equal Rights Amendment, “ERA is about Taxpayer-funded abortion.”

Penny Nance segment on The 700 Club addressing the Equal Rights Amendment.Penny’s Interview begins after a story on ERA at time-code: 5 minutes (5:00)

 

Read the Overview on Equal Rights Amendment on CBN News featuring Penny Nance.

Listen to Penny Nance discuss why she and some feminists want the ERA stopped on The Daily Signal Podcast.

Listen to the Bill Cunningham Podcast that features Penny Nance. Time-code: 98:00

American Family Radio interviews Penny Nance on Equal Rights Amendment. Time-code: 28:00

 

 

Nance: The Equal Rights Amendment is the Dems’ Frankenstein Monster

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President and CEO of Concerned Women for America, Penny Nance, wrote the following piece on the Equal Rights Amendment that has been written in such a way to erase the uniqueness of women:

“The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is dead.

The Department of Justice announced as much in January.

Even Justice Ginsburg, the “most prominent feminist lawyer in American history,” has said the ERA has missed its opportunity and proponents need to start from square one.

Still, House Democrats will play Dr. Frankenstein on Thursday as they try to resurrect the ERA monster. They’ve scheduled a vote to remove the 40-year-old deadline on the legislation’s ratification after Virginia became the 38th state to approve the amendment in January, sending hopeful politicians into a tizzy.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) — the organization I lead — was literally founded to fight the ERA 40 years ago. Our founder believed women deserve fairness and equality under the law and was determined to oppose the ERA because it effectively writes us out of it.

The ERA proposes “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” and that “Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”

 

Read more of Penny Nance’s article on the ERA here:

How the Battle for the ERA Became Every Right to Abortion

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By all accounts, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) should be dead. The 1979 ratification deadline passed 40-years ago three states short of ratification. Concerned Women for America was on the front lines with opponents who stopped this constitutional amendment to prohibit sex distinctions in law that ultimately would “ERAse” women. But that has not stopped modern attempts to resurrect it.

Three states passed the ERA in recent years to argue that passage by three-fourths of states (38) has now been reached. Virginia claimed its place as the 38th state this year. The U.S. Department of Justice issued a legal opinion in January that the ERA has expired by every legal measure. This bars any action by the National Archives to certify new states because the ratification has expired.

Nevertheless, proponents in Congress are seeking to pass legislation to remove the deadline believing they have the authority to airdrop the ERA into the Constitution. Their motivation is clear: the ERA would become a new constitutional right guaranteeing abortion on demand. For abortion advocates, the ERA is now about achieving Every Right to Abortion.

State-level ERAs have been used to require taxpayer-funded abortion

  • In 1998, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the state ERA required the state to fund abortions since procedures sought by men, like prostate surgery, are funded. A lawsuit in Connecticut used similar arguments and achieved the same objective: full taxpayer-funded abortion.
  • In 2019 Planned Parenthood and Women’s Law Center filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania arguing that Pennsylvania’s ERA means abortion must be included in medical coverage for women because men aren’t denied coverage for anything.

Abortion groups are actively campaigning to pass the ERA

  • Proponents of the ERA today say ratification would enable courts to rule that any restrictions on abortion would “perpetuate gender inequality.” NARAL Pro-Choice America claims: “With its ratification, the ERA would reinforce the constitutional right to abortion…”
  • In a 2019 letter to the House Judiciary Committee, the ACLU stated: “The Equal Rights Amendment could provide an addition [sic] layer of protection against restrictions on abortion, contraception, and other forms of reproductive healthcare.”
  • The pro-ERA website, EqualRightsAmendment.org, explicitly states that ratifying the ERA into the U.S. Constitution would “provide a strong legal defense against a rollback of women’s rights (including but not limited to: Roe v. Wade…).”

Attempts to resurrect the ERA must be defeated

  • ERA proponents see a new opportunity in a modern age to resurrect the ERA. Their efforts must be stopped. Any legislation seeking to amend the Constitution with an ERA must be defeated. Any legislator on the side of protecting life must oppose the ERA.


Click here for a printable PDF version.

R.I.P ERA says CWA

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Washington, D.C. – This week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel announced an important opinion on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), declaring the ratification expired and no longer pending in the States for action. In a Memorandum for the General Counsel of the National Archives and Records Administration, DOJ declares dead any effort by Virginia to become the “38th” state as the new Democrat-controlled legislature pledged in its opening session. It also overrules congressional efforts to revive the ERA ratification by removing the deadline as proposed in legislation pending on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say in response to DOJ’s opinion:

“The Justice Department has hammered a nail in the coffin of state and congressional efforts to resurrect the age-old Equal Rights Amendment. DOJ’s opinion declaring the ratification dead underscores what even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has already concluded: if the ERA has any future, the process must start over.

“Concerned Women for America says, “R.I.P ERA.” Women deserve fairness and equality under the law, but Congress should not waste its time on an ERA that could in fact undermine the progress we’ve made over the last 40 years. If legislators are truly concerned about women, they should spend their efforts focusing on measures to uphold the dignity and status of women as uniquely female, not turn back the clock on gains we’ve made and ERAse women.”

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See some of CWA staff’s recent tireless efforts nationally and in local areas combatting the ERA:

WUSA9 News Story featuring Virginia State Director Toni DeLancey

Press Release from Virginia’s CWA State Director Toni DeLancey on DOJ’s Ruling on the ERA.

Press Conference featuring Virginia’s CWA State Director (Begins at 21 minutes and 45 seconds)

National Public Radio Piece featuring Vice President of Government Relations Doreen Denny running on NPR stations throughout the country.

Press Release from South Dakota’s CWA State Director Linda Schauer applauding that State’s Attorney General ERA lawsuit.

Associated Press Article featuring CEO & President Penny Nance that appeared in nation’s newspapers throughout the country.

CWA of Virginia response to DOJ Ruling on ERA

Breaking! CWA of Virginia Responds to DOJ Ruling on the ERA

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Today, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia represented you in Richmond by participating in the Celebrate Womanhood, Do Not ERAse It! rally/lobby day to oppose the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). I spoke at the morning press conference, and our CWA of Virginia team lobbied state legislators to discuss our opposition to the ERA.

While we were working to oppose the ERA efforts, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel ruled that the Equal Rights Amendment ratification from 40 years ago is dead! Read my press release here.

Thank you for your support in prayer and action!

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia