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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2007
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Eagle Forum Applauds High Court Ruling, Warns of Feminist Backlash
Washington, D.C. — Eagle Forum, a leading pro-family group founded by Phyllis Schlafly, applauds the U.S. Supreme Court's affirmation that the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which placed a nationwide ban on "partial-birth" abortion, is, in fact, constitutional. However, this decision comes on the heels of an effort by pro-abortion activists to revive the Equal Rights Amendment.
On March 27th, Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) joined Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler at a press conference where they reintroduced ERA and vowed to vote on it by the end of this Congress. Of course, a key player in both the partial birth decision and the ERA is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who wrote the court's dissenting opinion released today. Over 25 years ago, Ginsburg railed against any limitations on abortion because they deny women's "full and independent legal status under the Constitution" and the "right to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation."
"Ginsburg's dissent makes crystal clear, in case anyone had forgotten, the connection between abortion and feminism," said Jessica Echard, Eagle Forum Executive Director.
"This is a useful reminder, in view of new efforts to pass the ERA, which would write Ginsburg's views into the Constitution," said Echard. "ERA would obviously overturn this partial-birth abortion ban decision."
"Simply because Justice Ginsburg is the only woman on the court does not mean she speaks for all women," concluded Echard. "In fact, the majority of American women disagree with her on both partial birth abortion and the ERA."