New York GOP redirects ERA argument away from abortion — and toward teenage drinking

With the Equal Rights Amendment on the ballot this November, New York Democrats are hopeful that more voters will turn out to vote in favor of protecting abortion rights, but state Republicans are highlighting possible ramifications of the amendment, such as the removal of a drinking age.

The ERA includes a dozen potential new protected classes such as age, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy outcomes, and reproductive healthcare and autonomy. Groups opposing the amendment, such as Protect Kids NY, argue that the measure will open up Pandora’s box by weakening laws meant to protect against elderly abuse, statutory rape, and minors choosing to receive gender-affirming care.

Abortion-rights activists hold signs during a protest following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade at Union Square on June 25, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

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