It makes no sense for the Equal Rights Act ratification process to start fresh after 38 states — the number needed for ratification — have already approved it. This is especially true in light of the fact that other Constitutional amendments, most notably the 27th Amendment, have been allowed to pass long after their first proposal. The ERA would provide important protections for women’s rights and equality, and should be ratified as soon as possible. This is especially urgent now, with the COVID-19 pandemic putting new strains on women’s career advancement, inclusion in the workforce and economy, and safety due to increased domestic violence.
When Congress self-imposes a time limit on the ratification of a constitutional amendment it needs to stick to it, even if it means the process has to begin anew because it wasn't ratified on time, which is relevant in this case given that some states ratified after the deadline and others rescinded their ratification. The ERA could potentially regain the support it had once the process restarts. More broadly, there could be unwanted unintended consequences of ERA ratification, such as forcing women into the draft, eliminating single-sex bathrooms, or weakening restrictions on abortion.