URGENT ACTION ALERT: House to Vote on Ratifying "E.R.A"

National Right to Life reports, that the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 13 on resolution to "ratify" the pro-abortion "Equal Rights Amendment"

AP News and the New York Times report,  "Abortion-rights supporters are eager to nullify the [ERA ratification] deadline and get the amendment ratified so it could be used to overturn state laws restricting abortion." 
            Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, who has refused to allow a vote on the Infants Born Alive Protection Act, is allowing the Democratic leadership to trample constitutional requirements,   and bring to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 13  a resolution that -- if the federal courts allow it -- inserts the 1972 "Equal Rights Amendment" (ERA) into the U.S. Constitution. 

            The resolution (House Joint Resolution 79, or H.J. Res. 79) is intended to nullify the 7-year ratification deadline that Congress attached to the ERA, which expired in 1979 -- thereby allowing recognition of recent "ratifications" by Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia, and inviting a declaration that the ERA is part of the U.S. Constitution.

            Pro-life legal experts fear, and pro-abortion leaders proclaim, that the ERA would entrench "abortion rights" in the constitutional text forever, and would result in the invalidation of hundreds of state laws protecting unborn children or regulating abortion -- based on the legal argument that these laws affect men and women differently, and therefore violate the ERA.

            The congressional Democratic leaders insist that H.J. Res. 79 does not require the President's signature, and that it can become law with simple majority votes in each house of Congress!

Take these actions immediately:

- Call both the Washington, D.C. and local office of your U.S. House member - urge him or her to oppose the ERA and to oppose House Joint Resolution 79.  You can obtain both the Washington, D.C. and home-district office phone numbers of your House member on the NRLC Legislative Action Center website - simply enter your zip code where it says "Find Your Elected Officials." You can also reach the D.C. offices by calling the Capitol Switchboard, 202-225-3121, and giving your zip code.

- Email to your U.S. House member. You can use the National Right to Life Legislative Action Center website here.  After you enter your zip code, you will see the identity of your U.S. House member, and a suggested email message against the ERA that has been prepared for you, which you can modify as you wish.  Using this method to send an email takes just takes a few minutes.  Please do not neglect to make the phone calls first! - because congressional offices generally take a flood of phone calls more seriously than a flood of emails.

For regular updates on important developments pertaining to the Equal Rights Amendment, in Congress and in the courts, follow the Twitter accounts @massprolife, @nrlc and @ERA_No_Shortcuts

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