'Count us out!' – the era for ERA has elapsed

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

ERA march (B&W pic)Legislators in North Dakota are preparing a message for Washington, DC, and other entities regarding a decades-old attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution.

On March 22, 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment and then sent it to the states for ratification. By the deadline – seven years later – only 35 of the needed 38 states had done so. One of them was North Dakota, which did so in 1975.

"Since that time, however, we've reconsidered and [acknowledged] the time period has expired," Mark Jorritsma of the Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota explains. "[We are saying] our ratification is no longer valid and we are officially notifying you of that."

He is referring to Concurrent Resolution 4010, which was passed late last month by the North Dakota Senate.

But Jorritsma also notes that's not the only reason for rejecting the failed amendment. Some states amended their own constitutions … and the experiment has gone against traditional values.

"It's been used at the state level to justify abortion," he states. "It's been used to justify transgender issues and lots of different things that are not consistent with what we believe pro-family and pro-life values should be."

Jorritsma points out there are now endless opportunities for women – opportunities that developed without amending the U.S. or the state constitution. The next step is for the resolution to be passed on to the North Dakota House for consideration.

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