Rep. Roy’s Statements After Voting Against Equal Rights Amendment and Violence Against Women Act

I issued the following statements Wednesday after voting against Democrats’ Equal Rights Amendment, H.J. Res. 79, and Violence Against Women Act, H.R. 1620: 

Statement on the Equal Rights Amendment:

This legislation is flawed in its process and terrible on the merits. On the process, the far-left, late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg agreed that Democrats’ attempts to revive the Equal Rights Amendment is unconstitutional. The time has expired to ratify the current amendment and Congress needs to go back to the drawing board.

On the merits, this isn’t about equality; the Supreme Court has long held that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment applies to women.  This ERA will effectively establish a constitutional right to abortion and eliminate gender distinctions as part of Democrats’ war on biological reality and traditional values.  We do not need a new amendment declaring women are equal to men under the law – they already are.

Statement on the Violence Against Women Act:

Despite the laudable stated goal of preventing violence against women, which I share deeply as a husband and a father, criminal law is a state responsibility and shouldn’t be federalized in this way to begin with. But this bill is not just about violence against women, it is a deceptive shell game that seeks to undermine our liberties and traditional values. Radical Democrats have pulled VAWA away from its origins and are using it as a back door for their radical crusades against the biological reality of men and women and against the natural right to keep and bear arms.

In regards to both bills, I concluded:

It is ironic that on the same day, this Democrat-led House is voting on a bill that supposedly seeks to make women equal and another bill that treats them differently under the law. I will always defend the principle that all are created equal by God with certain unalienable rights, and I will do that without endangering liberty, attacking reality, or torturing common sense.


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