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NATIONAL EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT ALLIANCE Announces
SURPRISE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (ERA) BILL BEFORE U. S. SENATE JOINS HOUSE TO LAUNCH PASSAGE
St. Petersburg FL- Equal Rights Amendment proponents in the Russell U. S. Senate building cheered the filing of the unique new U.S. Senate ERA bill on March 22, 2012 by Maryland Senator Ben Cardin. Introduced in conjunction with the first anniversary of its companion U.S. House bill, HJRes 47 by Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, both are predicted to speed ERA passage.
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that barely missed passing by three states' ratification vote is declared "still viable and contemporaneous" by several constitutional lawyer sources.
The seven states now routinely filing ERA bills are said to welcome these bills as they propose removal of any time limit from the original ERA Proposing Clause so that when three states ratify ERA, it would pass directly into the United States Constitution.
Sandy Oestreich, President of the National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance and Chair, Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, who have spearheaded ratification legislation in Florida for the past twelve years propose that "ERA passage would derail the current national legislative 'War Against Women'."
While it supports all ERA bills, the National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance claims that these identical bills could be an effective, quicker-paced alternative to the Maloney-Menendez "start-all-over" Congressional ERA bills.
Oestreich says her organization is single-issue, nonpartisan, non-sexist, and non-profit. "Though the Equal Rights Amendment itself does not regulate same-sex or abortion, we are making a strong stand against the legislative 'War Against Women' now raging across the nation as a clear an example of hate speech and sex discrimination. Nothing but an ERA makes that a violation of the U.S. Constitution":
'Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.'/gender."
Sandy Oestreich is Founder-President of National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance; former elected official; Professor Emerita, Adelphi Univ., NY; Co-author, internationally distributed pharmacology reference tests; Profiled in Feminists Who Changed America; Recipient, Martin County FL LWVoters Susan B. Anthony award, "Failure is Impossible". SandyO@PassERA.org www.2PassERA.org