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Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 5:18 AM

The resolution calling for Arkansas to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment is on the agenda in a House committee this morning. The religious conservative networks are humming with calls to arms such as the one on the jump. They will say or do just about anything to be sure that society, much like many of their churches, keeps women in their proper, secondary place.

FROM AN E-MAIL ALERT

Feminists Want ERA In Order To Force Partial Birth Abortion, Tax Funded Abortions, and Homosexual Parenting

 

An ERA bill has been filed in Arkansas HJR1014 in the House and SJR12 in the Senate

Evidence that ERA would force  partial birth abortion, tax funded abortions, and  homosexual gay parenting is found in a feminists article on the National Organization of Women (NOW) website.

The quotes in the tables below are found in this article to feminists [on NOW website] entitled,  "Who Needs An Equal Rights Amendment?  You Do!" at this link: http://www.now.org/issues/economic/cea/who.html <http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102479862212&e=001_GHh7rQorMErmxHUp8SY-k0feIvjy_cZtuBoeTrVdvf330zZNT0BfVJLPHUqumNh3RsthiZERG4tWOhhHVBT1cTctU_dAWag5bM-z_ZNf5T6WCdLDS2AHLu_57Nw3KoJxUmkDtjg8DV27FTHRZ9Q_w==>

"Since 1973, when the Supreme Court handed down the historic Roe v Wade decision which legalized abortion, a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy has been under continuous attack. The latest assault by the Congress has been on the late term abortion technique known as dilatation and extraction (D&X).[partial birth abortion]. This bill, passed by both houses of Congress, would have outlawed the abortion method, with inadequate protection for life and health of the woman. The bill was stalled by a presidential veto."

It is also obvious from the following quote in the same article, "Who Needs An Equal Rights Amendment?  You Do!" and same link that feminists want ERA to pass so they can mandate public funding for abortion.

"Mandatory pregnancy has become the reality for many young and poor women and, as of 1995, for federal workers and women in the military serving abroad where safe, private facilities are not available The real issue for women is the right to bodily integrity, and without this basic right women can have no true freedom. "  [ No freedom unless they can terminate a pregnancy at any time, even just before birth, and have it paid for by taxpayers.]

 

Feminists also want the ERA to prevent any judge from considering the fact that a father or mother is homosexual in child custody cases.  See this quote in the same article"Who Needs An Equal Rights Amendment?  You Do!"  and same link given above.

"Lesbian and Gay Rights. Currently lesbians and gay men are discriminated against in areas as basic as employment, parenting, marriage and housing rights. Numerous court decisions demonstrate the need to establish a constitutional guarantee of rights regardless of sexual orientation.  "Many cases illustrate the pervasive discrimination against lesbians and gay men. One of the most plainly egregious and unfair is the case of a lesbian mother in Pensacola, Florida."

Feminists are now advocating a more thorough Equal Rights Amendment (called Constitutional Equal Right (CEA) that would spell out all the issues they desire.  However, they admit that the present Equal Rights Amendment could be used by a friendly judge to do the same.  See the following question and answer quoted from this NOW article "Frequently Asked Questions about the CEA" at this link: http://www.now.org/issues/economic/cea/faq.html#madison <http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102479862212&e=001_GHh7rQorMEIKvHfrVWDLia3Yn5IY45vgQP_FMDRiaFBXXnHPZk6Yp5RShFsEgDO0PckIiOIBruNYpCedT5MCNABIsKDfOWaF0CieaDdXfeWx2hK4qdBKFiIdm7F2U_cHqUqTrslO5wCHGJrKpM4rsDjuMiG2rTTpTQSr2k6QfQ=>

2." Couldn't an amendment [ERA] based on sex cover all the issues?" [All the gay and lesbian and abortion issues NOW is concerned with]

"ANSWER: The short answer is yes. Theoretically, a court could interpret a prohibition against sex discrimination to include the protection of lesbian and gay as well as reproductive rights. However, we have learned not to leave anything to chance. The proposed CEA [new proposed ERA Amendment] says explicitly what we want."

Following in NOW's own words is a strategy for the ERA amendment to still be adopted nationwide.  (Same article and link as last one above)

"4. What is the Madison Strategy?

"ANSWER: The "Madison Strategy" calls for trying to get the last three states needed to make up the 38 necessary for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and then present it to Congress for certification. Some people believe this strategy will work because in 1992, Congress certified the Madison Amendment (which concerns congressional pay raises) as still viable and therefore considered it ratified when passed by the thirty-eighth state 203 years after its original presentation to the states by Congress."

Now there is no doubt as to why Representative Lindsley Smith is determined to get the ERA passed in Arkansas.  Lindsley Smith received a zero on her voting record on family issues in 2005 by the American Family Association of Arkansas, and she recently voted voted against the ban on partial birth abortion.

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