The Nation: The Three Hot Button Issues

Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA states succinctly: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." So indisputable did that proposition seem that the amendment breezed through Congress in 1972 and was ratified by 35 states. But the last three it needs are the hardest to get. None of the remaining states is a sure bet.

The stalling of ERA is a tribute to its opponents' impassioned well-organized campaign. Some have tried to scare the public with exaggerated warnings...

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