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Medical Associations Weigh In on the Need for the ERA and Urging President Biden to Act in Wake of Dobbs Decision

September 12, 2022. Last week, our partners at the American Medical Women's Association sent a letter to President Biden, urging him to publish the Equal Rights Amendment without further delay to save our reproductive rights and guarantee equality for all. A copy of the letter may be found HERE

Similarly, the American Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and National Community Pharmacists Association issued a Joint Statement, detailing uncertainty and disruptions in care post-Dobbs, which highlight the urgent need for a federal framework. A copy of the Joint Statement may be found HERE

34 Senators Urge Biden to Act in Wake of Dobbs Decision

June 25, 2022. Immediately following the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision, 34 Senators wrote to President Biden demanding that he take immediate action.

Noting "we cannot stand idly by as Republicans rip away women’s rights" and acknowledging that Biden has the power to fight back, the Senators urged him to use immediately every tool available to him. Yet they did not specify the tool.

The tool is the Equal Rights Amendment. If Biden stops blocking and fighting against the ERA in court, like Trump, he can save Roe v. Wade and equality for all. 

SCOTUS Issues Opinion in Dobbs, Overturning Roe v. Wade & Casey v. Planned Parenthood

June 24, 2022. Today, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health. Not only did the Court overturn Roe v. Wade, but it eviscerated women's rights to equal protection under the 14th Amendment, setting us back to 1868. A copy of the decision may be found here. 

This decision makes publication of the Equal Rights Amendment, which saves Roe v. Wade and equality for all, even more urgent. See our blog "Democrats Have Key to Unlock Equality for All and Save Roe" for additional information.

Based on our discussions with Congress and the White House, it is going to take a large public outcry pressuring the President to publish the ERA. In the days and weeks to come, we will post action items for you to consider taking. Please join our mailing list and/or check back regularly.  

Also, please follow us on social media, share our posts/tweets, and spread the word to like-minded friends and colleagues.  Here is a video we took at the protest at SCOTUS this afternoon following the release of the opinion. 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: How Publication of Equal Rights Amendment Saves Roe v. Wade 

May 9, 2022. The leaked Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade,  is only a draft, and Roe remains the law of the land.

Although this is an unprecedented leak from the nation’s highest court, overturning Roe was not unexpected. However, the draft Dobbs opinion dismantling a federal Civil Rights framework, if finalized, would, under the originalist/textualist interpretation of the Constitution, allow the states to create their own Civil Rights framework around contraception, same sex marriage, interracial marriage and more.

 

​Validation of the Equal Rights Amendment, through publication, can save Roe and is now more important than ever.

 

A brief summary of the immediate steps needed to save the Civil Rights framework of Roe and the accompanying analysis may be found HERE.  

Publication of the Equal Rights Amendment Saves Roe v. Wade 

and More 

May 5, 2022. The Equal Rights Amendment ("ERA") has been ratified by 38 states and, having met all of the constitutional amendment requirements, is currently the 28th Amendment of our Constitution.

Since November, Shattering Glass has worked tirelessly to secure its publication. We have had countless meetings and correspondence with White House Counsel and U.S. Senators regarding the publication of the ERA and how it can save Roe v. Wade and equality for all.

In light of the draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that was leaked earlier this week, more is at stake than expected, making publication that much more urgent.

The strategy to save reproductive rights may be found HERE.

Visit our Take Action Page to find out how you can help!

Draft Opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health

Organization Leaked 

May 3, 2022. Last night, a draft Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked to the public. Note this is only a draft, and Roe remains the law of the land.

This is an unprecedented leak from the nation’s highest court, but overturning Roe was not unexpected. However, the draft opinion, if finalized, would go even further and almost ensures future attacks on contraception, same sex marriage, interracial marriage and more.

Publication of the Equal Rights Amendment, which can save Roe, is more important than ever.

See our Take Action Page to learn how you can help!

Biden Department of Justice Continues to Fight Against Equal

Rights Amendment 

March 5, 2022. Yesterday, the Biden Department of Justice ("DOJ") filed its brief in the case initially brought by the States of Virginia, Nevada and Illinois to compel the U.S. Archivist to publish the Equal Rights Amendment ("ERA"). Virginia has since withdrawn from the case as a result of a state-level change in administration. 

Sadly, the Biden DOJ continues to carry on the Trump Administration's fight against the ERA and equality for 167 million women and girls, despite Biden's alleged support for the ERA, set forth in the brief, as well as the Biden Agenda for Women.

A full copy of the Biden Administration's brief may be found here.

Shattering Glass files Amicus Brief in Support of The Equal

Rights Amendment

January 10, 2022. Today, Shattering Glass, along with partners in the ERA Coalition, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in support of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ("ERA"). The case was filed by the Attorneys General of the last three states to ratify the ERA -- Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia -- to compel U.S. Archivist, David S. Ferriero, to publish and certify the ERA. The Court previously dismissed the case for supposed lack of jurisdiction. 

We are proud to sign on to the brief as the Archivist and the Executive Branch lack the authority to deny women equal rights under the Constitution by refusing to publish and certify the ERA, now that it has been ratified by the requisite 38 states. A full copy of the brief can be found HERE.

The ERA, the first crucial step towards much-needed and long-overdue gender equality, should take effect on January 27, 2022, two years after Virginia became the 38th state to ratify.

A copy of the original Complaint may be found HERE.