April 26, 2023

USCCB Urges Senate to Oppose "Equal Rights Amendment"

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is asking Catholics to contact their U.S. Senators to urge them to oppose Senate Joint Resolution 4.

The resolution could impose abortion-on-demand nationwide without any limits, require taxpayer funding of abortion, put women’s opportunities and spaces at risk of being opened to men (such as in sports, locker rooms, prisons, and shelters), and undermine the religious freedom of people and organizations of faith to carry out their important missions – potentially even requiring Catholic hospitals and health workers to perform abortions and gender procedures on children.

The resolution, called the "Equal Rights Amendment" (ERA), would likely lead to federal funding for abortions. At least two states have construed their own equal rights amendments, with language analogous to that of the federal ERA, to require government funding of abortion. The resolution may also restrain the ability of federal and state governments to enact other measures regulating abortion, such as third-trimester or partial birth abortion bans, parental consent, informed consent, conscience-related exemptions, and other provisions.

Catholic teaching speaks very clearly and strongly about the equality of men and women and believes this equality deserves protection in public policy. However, the far-reaching consequences of the ERA as written would cause serious harm to women, preborn children, and the common good.

Please contact your U.S. Senators now and tell them to oppose the misnamed “Equal Rights Amendment.” More information from the USCCB on the ERA can be found here


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