Word in Springfield is the Illinois House Democrats will be calling the Equal Rights Amendment for a vote Tuesday at the state capitol. In order to pass, House Republicans will need to support the effort – going against decades of established policy protecting women from fraudulent claims of how it will help women. Elise Bouc answers those false claims.
By Elise Bouc of STOP ERA –
The Equal Rights Amendment isn’t what it pretends to be. For decades women have fought against it because they knew its poorly written language would harm them.
Women from the labor movement spoke out against it because they knew it would strip away valuable labor protections such as restrictions on heavy lifting requirements and restrictions on mandated over time that enabled them to balance work and caring for their family. Women in the home also spoke against it because they knew it would strip away their financial protections for widows and stay at home mothers. And women who valued the life of the unborn child fought against it because they knew the ERA would absolutely strengthen abortion rights.