Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » ERA opponents’ logic questioned
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
ERA opponents’ logic questioned

Friday, May 18, 2018

By Hannah Meisel

* It was a sleepy morning at the Capitol, as most Fridays tend to be, but there was this one moment on the House floor when Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) got up on a point of personal privilege, congratulating her female colleagues — especially the working mothers — reaching their levels of professional success while dealing with systems set up for men in the workplace.

Then she stumped for the passage of the ERA (you’ll remember the vote was delayed Wednesday when Lou Lang said he didn’t have the votes because of an “attendance issue.”)

“We need the Equal Rights Amendment now to ensure that women are not forced to completely sacrifice caring for themselves and their children in order to provide for their families. Gov. Rauner, you know I spoke to you this week and I said, ‘I love you and I bless you and I’m praying for you,’ but it is also your responsibility that falls heavy for this state. The responsibility to all the working mothers in Illinois to encourage — please encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and your Republican counterparts to do the right thing by women and support the Equal Rights Amendment.”

* Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) immediately responded to Chapa LaVia’s statement, warning that passage of the ERA would take away any special privileges women have gained through female-focused legislation in the past couple of years

“While I appreciate the previous speaker’s remark, I’d like to point out that if we were to pass the ERA Amendment, everything she just spoke about and advocated for would be gone. There would be no distinction between sexes at all, there would be no breastfeeding rooms, there would be no bills, as Rep. Moeller even passed stating we should have a Women’s Task Force that dealt with women’s issues. All of that would be negated if we were to pass an ERA Amendment. It would literally say there is no distinction or difference between the sexes, which is absolutely ridiculous and unscientific. So, um, enough of this. Let’s just get back to the duties and the work that we’re supposed to do here. I’ll tell you what — personally, I have never felt that my progress at the statehouse has been impeded by my sex. Nor have I ever felt held back by my sex. Women have more opportunities than ever before in our lifetime. Women complete more college degrees than men do. Let’s just realize that scientifically speaking, there is a difference between the sexes, and you have come up with a number of bills, you have proposed a number of bills to recognize that distinction, and I’d just like to point that out.”

* Rae Hodge puzzled through it…


* Related…

* What Could Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Really Mean?

- Posted by Hannah Meisel        

11 Comments
  1. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 3:56 pm:

    Gee, Jeanne Ives is a culture warrior completely full of crap. Who knew…


  2. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 3:57 pm:

    Oops, I guess I should have said full of malarkey.


  3. - Dome Gnome - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 4:00 pm:

    There must be a different set of standards for everything from the waist up?


  4. - 47th Ward - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 4:09 pm:

    How would having a breast feeding room discriminate against men? Any man that wants to breast feed his child would have the same access regardless, so I fail to see the discrimination Ives is talking about.

    Also (spoiler alert), she is lying about what this Amendment would do.


  5. - Amalia - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 4:22 pm:

    Jeanne Ives is just wrong.


  6. - 47th Ward - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 4:30 pm:

    ===Jeanne Ives is just wrong===

    Respectfully disagree Amalia. She’s not simply wrong, Jeanne Ives is lying to mislead people.


  7. - Concerned Dem - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 4:39 pm:

    Here is the actual text of the ERA… where do opponents find the language that requires us all to become Ziggy Stardust?

    Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

    Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

    Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after


  8. - ste_with a v_en - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 4:40 pm:

    And she was almost the nominee.


  9. - Mama - Tuesday, May 22, 18 @ 4:16 pm:

    I totally agree with Rae Hodge. ERA does not mean women would gain public funded abortions nor would it deny breastfeeding rights in public places.


  10. - Mama - Tuesday, May 22, 18 @ 4:21 pm:

    Rep. Jeanne Ives is wrong in her assessment on the ERA. I can not believe any woman would be against passing the ERA. I feel the reasons you stated are false.


  11. - Mama - Tuesday, May 22, 18 @ 4:22 pm:

    Rich, what happened in other states that passed the ERA?


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Downstate newspapers appear to be picking the lesser of two evils
* Caption contest!
* Plaintiffs holding press conference today
* Maybe have a long chat with the governor about this?
* Pritzker campaign touts party-building money
* Learn from this, please
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller