UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE REPORTS THE NEED FOR THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT IN THE UNITED STATES
November 06, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2023
Washington, DC –– Today marks the first anniversary of the Dobbs decision, which overturned the 50-year old precedent of Roe v. Wade, removed privacy protections for people accessing abortion care, and put LGBTQ+ rights at risk.
“Last year’s decision by the Supreme Court to reverse the established precedent set by Roe is one of the most damaging assaults on our constitutional rights in the last 50 years. Not only did it roll back abortion rights, but it put other rights we hold sacred at risk for reversal as well.
The Supreme Court has shown a limited and regressive view of the rights conferred by our Constitution, and the Dobbs decision reaffirms why we need the Equal Rights Amendment. 2023 marks the centennial anniversary of the introduction of the ERA, and it’s clear that opponents of equality in Congress will continue to manipulate the government to further the second-class status of women and gender/sexual minorities in America.
In the last year, we have seen states race to pass laws that put peoples’ lives at risk, and put immeasurable mental health stresses on all pregnant people and health care providers who now have to worry about whether they’ll have access to the care they need or get put in jail for providing the necessary care to pregnant people.
Our mission to see the ERA published to the Constitution is as fiercely urgent today as it was 100 years ago. Our rights and our very lives are at stake. We will not stop until everyone is equally protected under the law.”
The ERA Coalition was founded in 2014 to bring concerted, organized action to the effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA Coalition has a sister organization, the Fund for Women’s Equality, which promotes public education and outreach on the need for constitutional equality. Composed of nearly 300 organizations across the country, the Coalition provides education and advocacy on constitutional equality.