“Doesn’t this open the door for abortion rights.”

  • U.S. courts have recognized that women have a right to choose to have an abortion.  The right, as the Supreme Court explained in Roe v. Wade, is grounded in privacy rights.
  • The Equal Rights Amendment is not limited to any one issue. It is about something much broader — equality of RIGHTS under the law.
  • Legislators who oppose women’s equality are trying to use abortion to distract from their real motivation for opposing the Equal Rights Amendment: perpetuating the second-class status of women in America.
  • Adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution would not change any laws “automatically.” If existing abortion regulations are challenged under the Equal Rights Amendment, courts will decide on a case-by-case basis whether those regulations are constitutional.

IL Representative Steve Andersson’s OpEd: Equality Opponents’ Falsehoods on Abortion