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July 15, 2009
INCREASED USE OF RU 486 REPORTED

A new Planned Parenthood study reports that 25% of early abortions are now caused by chemicals rather than surgery. The research, done at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country, shows that giving the pills orally along with antibiotics has "virtually eliminated the risk for a rare but dangerous infection." (Associated Press, 7/9/2009)

The drug referred to is RU 486, not to be confused with "Plan B" otherwise known as the "morning after" pill.

RU 486, although frequently described as an easier way to have an abortion, actually involves three doctor visits over a two-week period, serious bleeding, painful contractions, and the risk of dangerous side effects.

The drugs are given within the first 9 weeks of pregnancy. Upon her first visit, in the presence of an abortionist the mother is given RU 486 pills which stop the production of progesterone, a hormone that causes proliferation of the lining of the uterus which in turn provides nourishment to the developing child. Progesterone also prevents uterine contractions which could cause premature expulsion of the child. Deprived of that nourishment, the developing child starves to death.

Two days later, the mother makes a second trip to the abortionist where she is given a prostaglandin which causes strong uterine contractions that ultimately causes expulsion of the embryo. She spends about four hours in the abortion clinic where the abortion may occur. Otherwise, she will abort sometime during the next two weeks and sometimes not at all. After two weeks she must make another visit to the abortionist to determine if the abortion is completed. If not, he will perform a surgical abortion.

Planned Parenthood makes it sound easy, but in reality abortion is a grisly process no matter how it is done.


ERA IS RE-INTRODUCED

On July 6, 2009, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) sent a letter to her colleagues inviting them to cosponsor the "Equal Rights Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution, also referred to as the "Women’s Equality Amendment."

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Rep. Maloney’s resolution would add to the Constitution the following amendment: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. This Amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification."

Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] (introduced 3/3/2009) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 6/26/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Post Office, and the District of Columbia.

In short, if ratified the ERA would render invalid laws prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortions as well as laws restricting or regulating the practice of abortion. 18-year-old girls would no longer be protected from military conscription and would be required to register for the draft just like boys. And, states would be stripped of their right to prohibit homosexual marriages.

RNC for Life national chairman and Eagle Forum president Phyllis Schlafly led the 10-year battle against ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and won. Click here to visit the Eagle Forum web site for everything you should know about the ERA.

National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) Federal Legislation Department issued a letter written by Legislative Director Douglas Johnson to Members of Congress on July 7, 2009. In the letter, Mr. Johnson gives an overview of the ERA/Abortion connection. "The proposed federal constitutional amendment is very similar to the language of the ERA which New Mexico added to its state constitution in 1973, which says, "Equality of rights under law shall not be denied on account of the sex of any person." On November 25, 1998, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled 5-0 that such language prohibits the state from restricting abortion differently from "medically necessary procedures" sought by men, and the court ordered the state to pay for elective abortions under the state’s Medicaid program.

Mr. Johnson further points out that "pro-abortion advocacy groups have increasingly employed the ERA-abortion argument in state courts, and in New Mexico we saw the devastating result of enacting an ERA that does not include explicit abortion-neutral language," and "Once a court adopts the legal doctrine that a law targeting abortion is by definition a form of discrimination based on sex, and therefore impermissible under an ERA, the same doctrine would invalidate virtually any limitation on abortion."

He warns that unless an abortion-neutral amendment known as the Sensenbrenner Amendment is adopted, NRLC will oppose passage of the ERA and will include the roll call on passage in its scorecard of key pro-life roll calls of the 111th Congress. The Sensenbrenner Amendment reads simply, "Nothing in this Article [the ERA] shall be construed to grant, secure, or deny any right relating to abortion or the funding thereof." The text of the letter can be found here.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE 1972 ERA

The 1972 ERA was ratified by 35 legislatures before the seven-year ratification deadline expired. (Of these, 26 explicitly referred to the deadline in their resolutions of ratification.) However, five of these 35 states withdrew their ratifications before the deadline arrived. The only federal court to consider the issue ruled that these rescissions were valid.

In 1978, Congress passed a controversial bill, by majority vote that purported to extend the ratification deadline for 39 months. During this disputed "extension," no new states ratified or rescinded.

In 1981 a federal court ruled that the rescissions were valid, and also ruled that the purported deadline extension was unconstitutional. In 1982, the Supreme Court declined to review this case, holding that the issue was moot because the ERA had failed ratification with or without the rescissions and with or without the purported extension. Documentation is posted on the NRLC website at http://www.nrlc.org/Federal/ERA/Index.html

In 1983, the House majority (Democratic) leadership also recognized that the 1972 ERA was dead. They brought to the House floor, under suspension of the rules, a new resolution containing the same proposed constitutional amendment, again with a seven-year deadline -- an effort that, if successful, would have begun the entire ratification process anew. However, the resolution was defeated on the floor of the House (278-147, November 15, 1983). Among those voting "no" were 14 co-sponsors, most of whom were among the majority who wanted to add the abortion-neutral amendment. Neither house of Congress has voted on an ERA since that day.


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