To the Editor:
I would like to encourage everyone to vote Yes on Amendment 1 in the upcoming elections.
This would correct a wrong that was done several years ago when our constitution was amended to declare abortion to be a fundamental right in the state of Tennessee, and the results have been unfavorable.
Because of a radical 4-1 ruling by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2000, Tennessee now boasts a broader right to abortion than that recognized by Roe v. Wade or the U.S. Constitution.
As a result of the pro-abortion ruling in Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee v. Sundquist, Tennesseans can no longer enforce common sense protections for abortion-vulnerable women or unborn children.
Because each of Tennessee’s eight border states have active policies requiring informed consent, waiting periods and regulation of abortion facilities by state departments of health, Tennessee has quickly become a destination for women, girls, spouses, partners and parents seeking unregulated abortions.
We do not want to be known as the “abortion state” that other residents come to because surrounding states have sensible waiting periods and requirements for informed consent.
Please vote “Yes” on Nov. 4 for Amendment 1.
This will then allow the Tennessee voters to determine this matter and not the courts.
Larry J. Grainger