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Balance needed in abortions across Tennessee

Letter to the Editor • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:41 PM

To the Editor:

There is a growing awareness across our state that some balance is needed with regard to the practice of abortion in Tennessee. As result of a wrongly decided ruling by our state Supreme Court, the people have been silenced and our ability to regulate abortion has been removed.

Because other states throughout the southeast have stronger guidelines on abortion than Tennessee, we have become a destination for the practice. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Tennessee is the third leading abortion destination in the percentage of abortions performed on women and girls residing in another state. Today, one in four abortions in Tennessee is sought by a woman who lives someplace else.

Is this how we want our state to be known? Worse still, do we want to risk the possibility that our own state tax dollars might be required by the same courts to fund elective abortions?

Please join me in restoring the right of Tennesseans to decide these matters for ourselves. Vote yes on Amendment 1 this fall.

Benita Caldwell


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