Federal - S J Res 1

ERA "deadline removal" resolution


January 22, 2021


S.J. Res. 1 is a proposal that purports to remove the 7-year ratification deadline that Congress included in the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) resolution submitted to the states in 1972.  The ERA expired in March, 1979, without winning ratification by the required 38 states. Many ERA supporters now insist that Congress can retroactively "remove" the deadline and thereby make ERA part of the Constitution.  National Right to Life believes that this measure violates the requirements for amending the Constitution, found in Article V of the Constitution.  In addition, NRLC opposes the ERA itself, as currently worded. Numerous pro-abortion groups have admitted they would use the ERA as a pro-abortion legal weapon if it beomes part of the Constitution. A vote in favor of S.J. Res. 1 must be viewed as a vote for its intent, which is to insert language into the U.S. Constitution that could invalidate any limits whatsoever on abortion, including late abortions, and require government funding of abortion.  S.J. Res. 1 was introduced on January 22, 2021, by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ak.) as original cosponsor.  The House companion measure is H.J.Res. 17. To view documentation on the ERA-abortion connection, and documentation that the 1972 ERA expired in 1979, click here.

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Co-Sponsors 50

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  • Jan. 31, 2022 — Additional cosponsor(s): 46

    Baldwin, (D-Wis.)Hirono, (D-Hawaii)Sanders, (I-Vt.)
    Bennet, (D-Colo.)Kaine, (D-Va.)Schatz, (D-Hawaii)
    Blumenthal, (D-Conn.)Kelly, M. (D-Ariz.)Schumer, (D-N.Y.)
    Booker, (D-N.J.)Klobuchar, (D-Minn.)Shaheen, (D-N.H.)
    Brown, S. (D-Ohio)Leahy, (D-Vt.)Sinema, (D-Ariz.)
    Cantwell, (D-Wash.)Lujan, (D-N.M.)Smith, (D-Minn.)
    Carper, (D-Del.)Manchin (D-W.Va.)Stabenow, (D-Mich.)
    Coons, (D-Del.)Markey, (D-Mass.)Tester, (D-Mont.)
    Cortez Masto, (D-Nev.)Menendez, (D-N.J.)Van Hollen, (D-Md.)
    Duckworth, (D-Ill.)Merkley, (D-Ore.)Warner, (D-Va.)
    Durbin, (D-Ill.)Murphy, C. (D-Conn.)Warnock, (D-Ga.)
    Feinstein, (D-Calif.)Murray, (D-Wash.)Warren, (D-Mass.)
    Gillibrand, (D-N.Y.)Ossoff, (D-Ga.)Whitehouse, (D-R.I.)
    Hassan, (D-N.H.)Padilla, (D-Calif.)Wyden, (D-Ore.)
    Heinrich, (D-N.M.)Peters, G. (D-Mich.)
    Hickenlooper, (D-Colo.)Reed, J. (D-R.I.)
  • April 21, 2021 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    King, A. (I-Maine)
  • April 15, 2021 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Casey, (D-Pa.)Collins, S. (R-Maine)
  • Jan. 22, 2021 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Murkowski, (R-Alaska)
  • Jan. 22, 2021 — Read twice and referred to: Senate Judiciary.Congressional Record p. S105

  • Jan. 21, 2021 — Companion measure, H J Res 17, introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.).