As pro-life forces rally behind several modest restrictions on abortion, their opponents reintroduced the Equal Rights Amendment as a way to fight those measures, should they become law. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and California Republican Congressman Steve Horn brought the proposed amendment back before Congress on the 29th anniversary of the House and Senate passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, but the measure fell short of the number of states needed for ratification, despite a deadline extension.
Douglas Johnson, with the National Right to Life Committee, said pro-abortion groups plan to use the measure, if it becomes law, to attack all pro-life legislation. That threat has already played out in states that have adopted the measure into their constitutions. "Just within the past two years in both New Mexico and Texas, courts have struck down state bans on funding of elective abortions with tax dollars, using state equal rights amendments," Johnson said.