Sch­lafly’s legacy marches on against lat­est push for ERA

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - RE­BECCA HAGELIN Re­becca Hagelin can be reached at re­[email protected] re­bec­c­a­

Rad­i­cal ac­tivists are at­tempt­ing to raise the rot­ting corpse of the so-called Equal Rights Amend­ment, but thanks to the late, great Phyl­lis Sch­lafly, in­tel­li­gent women are ready to drive a stake into the heart of the beast.

The ERA was never about gain­ing equal­ity un­der the law for women. When it was de­bated and ex­posed from 1972 to 1982, Amer­i­cans learned that the ti­tle was fraud­u­lent, de­signed to cause peo­ple to nod in agree­ment at the mere sound of those beau­ti­ful words with­out ever both­er­ing to pon­der the amend­ment it­self.

But Sch­lafly did bother to look be­hind the plat­i­tudes and then dared to take on the es­tab­lish­ment and share the dan­ger­ous truth that the amend­ment was ac­tu­ally de­signed to cre­ate so­cial chaos and give a power-hun­gry Congress near ab­so­lute con­trol over ev­ery as­pect of our lives.

Sch­lafly’s coura­geous ef­forts to pro­tect Amer­i­can cul­ture and time-hon­ored truths in­spired an army of women to rise up and fight the liars and their lies. When the ERA failed to be rat­i­fied by 38 states by the con­gres­sion­ally es­tab­lished dead­line, Sch­lafly and her new or­ga­ni­za­tion, Ea­gle Fo­rum, threw a huge ban­quet to cel­e­brate its demise. I re­mem­ber it well be­cause I was for­tu­nate enough to be there.

My mother was one of Phyl­lis’ Ea­gles, and they in­spired me to love and ap­pre­ci­ate in­di­vid­u­al­ity and free­dom. Most Amer­i­cans en­joyed and cher­ished the God-or­dained dif­fer­ences be­tween the two gen­ders. It was just a nat­u­ral part of our psy­che in those days to un­der­stand that men and women are equal but dif­fer­ent. As a se­nior in high school, I trav­eled my home state of Florida cel­e­brat­ing these truths and speak­ing out against the ERA.

We won. They lost. But as has be­come their M.O. when­ever they lose, power-hun­gry lib­er­als are at­tempt­ing to thwart the rule of law and, un­der the lead­er­ship of Nancy Pelosi, de­stroy jus­tice and our Con­sti­tu­tion and cul­ture for­ever. They are hop­ing that Amer­i­cans — who don’t know even mod­ern his­tory or read be­yond head­lines and tweets — are ig­no­rant and will sup­port the ERA just be­cause it has a pretty name.

Sch­lafly said the ERA was falsely “ad­ver­tised as a great ben­e­fit to women.” Her bril­liant and fearless daugh­ter, Anne Cori, who to­day leads Ea­gle Fo­rum with style and wis­dom just as her mom did, ex­plains: “The ERA does not put women in the Con­sti­tu­tion; it puts ‘sex’ in the Con­sti­tu­tion. ‘Sex’ has a lot of dif­fer­ent def­i­ni­tions. The ERA would make women and men in­ter­change­able in ev­ery sin­gle sit­u­a­tion.”

To her point, the word “woman” ap­pears nowhere in the in­ten­tion­ally vague lan­guage. The first sec­tion reads: “Equal­ity of rights un­der the law shall not be abridged or de­nied by the United States or any state on ac­count of sex.”

If the ERA passes, ev­ery sin­gle hard-fought le­gal pro­tec­tion that women have gained over the years will van­ish. No longer will women be ex­empt from the mil­i­tary draft or from serv­ing on the front lines of com­bat. Gen­der-spe­cific pris­ons, locker rooms and sports teams will be il­le­gal. So­cial Se­cu­rity ben­e­fits for stay-at-home moms will be gone; women’s shel­ters will be shut­tered; health care ben­e­fits spe­cific to women will be de­clared un­con­sti­tu­tional. The fi­nan­cial loss to women will be dev­as­tat­ing.

But there is an en­tity that will gain vast power: The fed­eral gov­ern­ment. Un­der Sec­tion 2 of the ERA, power that cur­rently be­longs to the states will be stripped away and given to Congress.

Per­haps the dirt­i­est lit­tle se­cret of the ERA is that it will en­shrine in the Con­sti­tu­tion a right to mur­der pre-born chil­dren — and with tax­payer fund­ing. Preg­nancy will be treated as just an­other health is­sue, re­sult­ing in court-or­dered pub­lic fund­ing of abor­tion on de­mand.

Thank­fully, a cadre of war­riors is as­sem­bling to ad­vance a cul­ture that trea­sures the dif­fer­ences be­tween women and men, that pro­tects life and that fights fed­eral tyranny. They will meet the ar­chi­tects of so­cial chaos and the politi­cians they frighten head-on this week in Vir­ginia, as the state Se­nate fool­ishly con­sid­ers rat­i­fy­ing the dead ERA.

The legacy of Phyl­lis Sch­lafly cour­ses through the veins of women in or­ga­ni­za­tions like Ea­gle Fo­rum, Con­cerned Women for Amer­ica, the Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, Stu­dents for Amer­ica, the Fam­ily Re­search Coun­cil, the Su­san B. An­thony List and Young Women for Amer­ica, among oth­ers.

They will fight wher­ever the ERA at­tempts to rear its ugly head. Their bat­tle cry is per­fect: “Cel­e­brate wom­an­hood. Do NOT ERAse it.”

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