Abortion measure on ballot

November ballot to feature constitutional amendment, 3 others
Jun 12, 2014

 

With several proposed constitutional amendments set to appear on the ballot, it’s important to know what’s at stake and what a simple “yes” or “no” vote could change.

In Article XI, Section 3 of the Tennessee Constitution, the process for approving amendments is outlined, giving voters the opportunity to vote “yes” or “no” on each proposed amendment. To be approved, each amendment would need “yes” votes from more than half of the total number of people who vote in this year’s governor’s race. The constitutional amendments and gubernatorial election are set to be on the same ballot.

Four proposed constitutional amendments are set to be on the ballot for Tennessee voters for the Nov. 4 General Election. 

“Although these amendments will not appear on the ballot until November, voters are starting to debate their merits,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. 

One proposed amendment to the state constitution garnering a lot of attention is Amendment No. 1, which deals with the topic of abortion in Tennessee. 

The legislatively referred amendment is intended to put the state constitution back to where it was in days past and on a more neutral stance on abortion by reversing a court decision from 2000. 

That year, a state Supreme Court decision struck down several law provisions previously approved by legislature that mandated informed consent, a waiting period for women seeking an abortion and added requirements women review information on abortion before going through the abortion. The 2000 decision also found Tennessee’s Constitution provides a stronger right to abortion than the U.S. Constitution.

If approved in November, Amendment No. 1 would add the following language as a new, appropriately designated section: 

“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 state 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.”

Arguments for the amendment contend by overturning the 2000 court ruling and adding the language to the constitution, it would also restore the ability of citizens and elected officials to give them the power to be able to vote and determine Tennessee’s abortion policies, as well as allow regulations to protect mothers and children.

Several legislators, as well as Gov. Bill Haslam, have voiced their support in favor of Amendment No. 1.

However, opposition from the Democratic Party, Planned Parenthood and others claim the amendment would, in effect, take power away from the people and turn people’s rights over to the state legislature, allowing legislators to make decisions or stricter abortion laws for people in the future.

Amendment No. 1 and the other three amendments set to be on the Nov. 4 ballot are available for viewing at tn.gov/sos/election.

“Now these amendments are readily accessible on our website to give people the opportunity to learn about them so they can make well-informed decisions at the ballot box,” Hargett said.

Comments

MikeWarner

Truth is since 2002 your nail salon has more licensing and inspection requirements than any abortion facility is now required to have in Tennessee.
Is that what any NON ABORTION INDUSTRY human being should want?
Those opposing the amendment make the claim that Amendment 1 woud give more power to the Tennessee legislature to regulate the Abortion Industry. That would assume the legislature has any power to enact ANY regulations on abortion at all. Truth is even with a GOP Super Majority in place they cannot pass ANY laws that is enforceable ti regulate anything in the abortion industry in Tennessee. NOTHING.
What they fail to mention at all is that a 2000 decision by 4 Tennessee Supreme Court Justices (Planned parenthood v Sunquist) struck down the reasonable requirements regarding abortion enacted by a Democrat Controlled Tennessee Assembly in the 1970's.
Two years later (in Tennessee Health Department v Gary Boyle et all 2002) Tennessee laws permitting the state to license or inspect abortion facilities were struck down due the supposed "inherent right to an abortion" found in the Tennessee Constitution in the 2000 ruling.
Find out the truth about Amendment 1. Find out why failing to pass Amendment 1 ONLY serves the Abortion Industry. No matter what your stand an abortion every citizen, not connected making money off the abortion industry, should want Amendment 1 to pass.
Even after Amendment 1 passes it will not be within the power of the legislature to ban abortions with Row V Wade in effect. Those who lie about this will lie about other things too.
http://www.yeson1tn.org

Moderately.Joe

Keep abortions legal.

 

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