May 27, 2022

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust Files ERA Lawsuits to Save Women’s Rights

By Kamala Lopez

“By declaring the ERA’s validity, this Court will prevent the Supreme Court from overruling Roe and protect women’s basic human right to control their own lives,” attorneys wrote in each of the three complaints.

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust filed three lawsuits in Michigan, Rhode Island, and New York in an effort to force the U.S. Supreme Court to look at the factor of ERA’s validity in advance of the anti-Roe decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, widely-predicted to be handed down by SCOTUS within the month.

From the new article in Bloomberg Law:

By declaring the ERA’s validity, this Court will prevent the Supreme Court from overruling Roe and protect women’s basic human right to control their own lives,” attorneys wrote in each of the three complaints.

"The Equal Rights Amendment doesn’t explicitly address abortion, but the plaintiffs said the amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law on the basis of sex would cover the right for women to make reproductive choices free from government interference." - Chris Marr, Bloomberg Government

Equal Means Equal agrees that Attorneys General in all fifty states must adopt and enforce ERA now. By abdicating this responsibility, these Attorneys General are complicit in the illegal withholding of basic human rights from American women by the Federal government.  Thirty eight states ratified ERA – where are those women’s representatives? How dare they sit on their hands in silence?

In March of 2020, EME sent letters to all AG’s informing them that now that ERA had been ratified, they had two years to address their sex-discriminatory laws and policies to be in compliance with Federal law come January 27th of 2022. We offered assistance and guidance, should they need it.  None of them took us up on our offer.  None of them did anything to fix their discriminatory laws.

In March of 2022, twenty-two AGs signed a letter sent to the President saying the ERA was valid Federal law and protesting the blockage of its publication — yet none of them have enforced it. 

"Many women are saying we won't go backward, but my great great grandmother would be saying, we must move forward -- forward to full equality for all women in America."
Coline Jenkins, great great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

It is absolutely proper for women to sue their states to enforce ERA.  It should be happening in every state, particularly those states whose citizens ratified the amendment.

If the Federal Government, through its Senate and Executive Branch, is refusing to enforce the law, what choice do women have but to go back to their States and seek proper representation, redress and justice?

All of our representatives are in bad faith and think they will get away with it. By showcasing the blatant misogyny on the right, the so-called feminists in government are using scare tactics to ensure that women vote for them again while doing less than zero to help us. These frauds need a wake-up call. 

Hundreds of allies should be joining the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust and suing the various States on behalf of women, who are presently being denied their Constitutional rights.