All men and women are, by nature, free and equal and have certain inalienable rights -- among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness. Neither the state nor any of its political subdivisions shall, on the basis of gender, deny or restrict the equality of rights under the law.
This is the entire amendment. These words will mean justice for us and for generations to come.
Organizations endorsing E.R.A. include: National Conference of Catholic Charities, Canon Law Society of America, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, National Coalition of American Nuns, National Assembly of Women Religious, Priests for Equality, Chicago Catholic Women, NET-WORK, Las Hermanas, PADRES, Association of Chicago Priests, Quixite Center, Sisters of Loretto, Church Women United, Feminists for Life (a national pro-life group) and many others.