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Letter to the editor: Some reasons state needs Amendment 1

Letter to the Editor • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:39 PM

To the Editor: 

Recent discussions about Amendment 1 have provided minimal background as to the reason it is even needed. It’s due to an unbelievably pro-abortion ruling by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2000 wrongly interpreted a fundamental right to abortion into the Tennessee Constitution. 

Except for the five judges who heard the case, no other Tennesseans had a voice or a vote in the judiciary’s radical amending of our state constitution. 

Passage of Amendment 1 by Tennessee voters will not, in itself, change any public policy on abortion. It will restore the ability of all Tennesseans – those who favor abortion and those who oppose it – to once again have a meaningful debate about what our public policies should be in the state of Tennessee. 

Right now, the people of our state have been silenced by an act of judicial arrogance, but a yes vote on Amendment 1 restores the balance of power back to the people through their elected officials where it belongs. 

Amendment 1 states, “Nothing in this constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and senators to enact, amend or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.”

Alicia Hovies


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