West Virginia Legislature Confirms Girls Are Second Class Residents

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On Friday, Republicans in West Virginia’s state senate voted unanimously to rescind the state’s ratification of the Equal Rights Modification, which might have assured the equality of girls beneath the US Structure.

The state legislature accredited the Modification in 1972, however the Modification was by no means enacted as a result of not sufficient states voted to ratify, regardless of congress voting to increase the deadline till 1982. However in 2020, Virginia’s newly Democratic legislature lastly voted to approve making it the thirty eighth state, and pushing the measure over the required three-fourths threshold.

And despite the fact that the Justice Division and US District Choose Rudolph Contreras agreed that the deadline had handed and Virginia’s vote couldn’t make the ERA in to the Twenty-Eighth Modification, West Virginia’s legislators have been taking no probabilities. Lest any little women within the Mountain State get confused about their place on the earth, all 23 of the senate’s Republicans voted in favor of Senate Concurrent Decision 44, “Clarifying that the 1972 ratification by the sixtieth Legislature of the proposed 1972 Equal Rights modification to the Structure of the US solely was legitimate by way of March 22, 1979.”

The US Home voted to increase the deadline and rely the beforehand submitted votes for ratification, though the measure has gone nowhere within the Senate. However simply in case it does, West Virginia is making darn positive that nobody plans to depend on their approval to enshrine the rights of girls within the Structure. As a result of whereas in precept they’re “in settlement ladies and men ought to take pleasure in equal rights within the eyes of the regulation,” they’re extra involved about deadlines.

Certainly, they handled the problem with all of the seriousness and deliberation of an overdue library ebook which have to be returned earlier than it may be renewed. The invoice handed with out dialogue or debate, with simply 75 seconds between decision and the vote.

Because the AP notes, the invoice was supported by abortion foes who worry that codifying girls’s equality would give them concepts about demanding equality in well being care. And we will’t have that, can we!

WVa Senate rescinds 1972 Equal Rights Modification ratification [AP]


Elizabeth Dye (@5DollarFeminist) lives in Baltimore the place she writes about regulation and politics.


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