To the Editor:

Kudos to Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg for his commitment to the rule of law in securing South Dakota’s 1979 rescission to the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). South Dakota joined Alabama and Louisiana’s lawsuit that would prevent the ERA from illegally being added to the U.S. Constitution.

The ERA is not about equal rights; it is about the promotion of a sexless agenda through the suppression of natural differences between men and women. Despite claims of protecting women’s interests, the ERA would actually hurt women. Under the ERA, the privacy, safety protections for women and girls in restrooms, locker rooms, etc. would be jeopardized. It could cement taxpayer-funded abortion into our U.S. Constitution.

Since there would be no distinction between male and female, the ERA would erase women’s sports by destroying fair competition. Men would have every right to challenge the special programs that women have gained in promoting their particular opportunities.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution and many state and federal laws guarantee women all the rights inherent to Americans. Women are thriving and succeeding as in no other time in history. They have done this without the assistance of an ERA. Women do not need the Equal Rights Amendment to flourish in America.

Linda D. Schauer

Leola