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“Amendment One takes the state Constitution out of abortion,” Lang Wiseman told the Lunch Hour Republicans Thursday. “The effect is it would take Tennessee out of the mix in defining what abortion rights are. The state legislature will be free to provide restrictions on it, provided it doesn’t infringe on federal law,” Wiseman explained.
The question on the ballot reads Shall Article 1, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding 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.
Wiseman explained why this move is necessary. “In the 2000 case Planned Parenthood v. Sundquist, the state supreme court gave rights over and above the federal ones. The state supreme court struck down things like a waiting period, informed consent. Because of that, Tennessee has a less restrictive environment than other states. The legislators would be able to put common sense provisions in whereas now they can’t touch it.”
In other words, are current system is a mess. It’s a free for all. There are not regulations protecting the women who go to these clinics or for “clinics” set up that are nothing but backrooms. There aren’t any standards for inspection, for cleanliness or of the doctors. Pro choice people should at least embrace that. Don’t they want the right to proper health care? Dog veterinary practices are more regulated than these.
The current system has made Tennessee a destination place for abortions. We don’t just serve our own residents, but also those of Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri and other nearby states. Do we want that? Somehow I don’t think that’s the kind of influx Governor Haslam or Tennesseans want for our state.
Shouldn’t parents be notified of a child’s wish to have an abortion? If it’s not needed at the tender ages of 14, 15 on up, why should we responsible for their education, welfare, etc.? This is not an unreasonable request, nor is a waiting period for such an important decision.
These arguments don’t even touch the morality of taking a life. The Democrats have cleverly turned the issue into a war on women, even though millions of potential young women have been eliminated.
Finally, this is an amendment. That means it will amend a law already on the books, so abortion is not being taken away. We have regulations on the consumption of alcohol, on our driving rights, on cigarettes and drugs. Why should Tennessee have a law with no regulations at all?
Plainly, it shouldn’t.