Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, stars of the popular TLC program "19 Kids and Counting" are taking a stand against Tennessee's abortion policy, publicly campaigning for the Tennessee Abortion Amendment, which will be on the ballot during the November 2014 general election.
Their first stop will be the "Heartbeats for Life" event Nov. 4 – exactly one year before the vote – at Cornerstone Church in Madison.
A Tennessee Supreme Court ruling in 2000 interpreted the state constitution to include greater protections for abortion than the U.S. Constitution. The proposed amendment, also known as Amendment 1, would allow lawmakers to require a waiting period prior to an abortion, place greater restrictions on later-term abortions and draft rules on what doctors are required to tell women prior to an abortion.
The Duggars, known for their pro-life stance, support the amendment and will be keynote speakers at the "Heartbeats for Life" fundraiser sponsored by Heartbeat Haven pregnancy center.
"We are so excited to be coming to help kick off the push to get Amendment 1 passed,” said Michelle Duggar. “Since the extremely liberal state Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the state of Tennessee cannot put any regulations on abortion, Tennessee has become an abortion procedure destination.
"Most states acknowledge the need to give women vital information about the seriousness of their decision before they take the life of their baby. Tennessee does not even require parental consent, counseling beforehand, having a waiting period to think about it, or have minimal clinical standards. Veterinarian clinics for animals in Tennessee have higher standards in health and safety laws than there are for the abortion clinics involving human life. We must join together and end the baby holocaust that is taking place right here in Tennessee."
The evening will also include speaker Alveda King, niece of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; musical performance by the Duggar family; Duggar family book signing and live auction.
"We are asking the people of Tennessee to get behind and pass Amendment 1, which will allow the Tennessee state representatives and senators to establish basic laws to help protect women and their unborn babies,” said Jim Bob Duggar, former Arkansas representative. “All proceeds raised at this event will be donated to Heartbeat Haven pregnancy center located in Lafayette, home of the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the state."
For more information and tickets, visit heartbeathaven.com.
Heartbeat Haven is a nonprofit pregnancy center in Lafayette, serving women facing crisis or unexpected pregnancies in Macon, Trousdale and northeast Sumner counties with material items, peer counseling, emotional support, pregnancy tests and parenting classes. All services are free regardless of race, religion or economic status.
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have been married for more than 29 years. To date, they have 19 children (10 boys and 9 girls): Joshua (and wife Anna), Jana and John-David (twins), Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah and Jeremiah (twins), Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn and Josie, as well as three granddaughters, Mackynzie, Michael and Marcus. Also, Jim Bob Duggar served two terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999-03 and was a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2002. Their TLC show is one of the longest running on television, now in its 10th season. They have made numerous national and international television appearances and recently completed their second New York Times bestseller, "A Love That Multiplies."