With its ratification, the ERA would reinforce the constitutional right to abortion by clarifying that the sexes have equal rights, which would require judges to strike down anti-abortion laws because they violate both the constitutional right to privacy and sexual equality.
There are two possible pathways to passing the ERA:
- Legislatively: Right now, there are bills to pass the ERA in both Houses of Congress. Contact your representatives to let them know you support the ERA, and urge them to support these bills and advocate for their colleagues to join them in support of constitutional prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex.
- The “Three State” Solution: Remove the time limit on the ERA’s ratification process. Congress can declare the ERA ratified when 38 — three-fourths — of the states ratify, thereby retaining the existing 35 state ratifications as viable. Under this proposal, only one more state needs to ratify the ERA. Residents of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia should contact their state representatives to urge them to hold a vote on the ratification of the ERA.