Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Christians Defeat Abortionists in Tennessee Vote

Despite abortionists' campaigns outspending pro-lifers 3-to-1, yesterday the voters of Tennessee ended 14 years of judicial tyranny by overturning a 2000 ruling by the state Supreme Court that gave abortionists ultimate power over the people and made Tennessee an abortion magnet for surrounding states.
“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.”
-- Amendment 1, as approved by voters
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Missouri Legislators Override Governor's Veto: Pro-life Law

Democrats Restrict Abortion in Louisiana and South Carolina

Ohio Abortion Clinics Close After New Law

Cutting Oklahoma Abortions in Half: Judges OK New Law

Most Texas Abortion Clinics Now Closed by Court

Abortion Clinic Closings Set Record; Abortionists Admit Defeat

-- From "New era for abortion in Tennessee; voters open door for more regulation" by Kevin Hardy, Chattanooga Times Free Press 11/5/14

With the approval of constitutional Amendment 1, the Legislature will be empowered to pass more regulations on abortions -- an ability that was deterred by a 2000 Tennessee Supreme Court ruling that said the state constitution was more protective of a woman's right to an abortion than the U.S. Constitution.

Currently, Tennessee has some abortion regulations, including the requirement of parental consent for minors and a requirement that physicians who perform abortions must have admitting privileges to hospitals. But with the approval of the constitutional amendment, legislators will be empowered to follow the same course as Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, all of which are quickly losing abortion providers.

Tennessee could regulate -- and thus limit -- abortions by mandating certain standards for abortion facilities, require mandatory ultrasounds for abortion patients or enact waiting periods on abortions.

Abortion opponents positioned the amendment as a safeguard for women and children.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Tennessee abortion measure passes" by Anita Wadhwani, USA TODAY 11/5/14

. . . It also was one of the most expensive ballot measures in Tennessee history.

In the first three weeks of October alone, the "No" campaign spent more than $3.4 million on its efforts to defeat the measure. Most of the contributions came from Planned Parenthood affiliates in Tennessee and other states, as well as the American Civil Liberties Union. The two groups are the primary organizers of the "No" campaign.

"Obviously for those of us who believe life is sacred, this was the necessary first step toward protection not only for the unborn but for women and girls who fall prey to people looking to profit from untimely or unexpected pregnancies," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life and a coordinator for the "Yes on 1" campaign, who has devoted much of the past 14 years fighting for the measure to get on the ballot.

Harris said his group's next step is returning to the legislature to persuade lawmakers to restore a package of laws stricken by a 2000 state Supreme Court decision, including requiring a short waiting period for women seeking an abortion, a requirement to provide educational materials and greater regulation of abortion facilities.

One in four abortions in Tennessee is sought by a woman from out of state. . . .

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From "Tennessee Voters Approve Amendment 1, Will Allow Pro-Life Laws to Stop Abortions" by Steven Ertelt, 11/5/14

The amendment is necessary because the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled 4-1 in 2000 that the state constitution allows unlimited abortions. It is necessary, pro-life advocates say, to be able to pass laws to limit and reduce abortions. The ruling claimed the Tennessee Constitution contains a fundamental abortion right even broader than Roe v. Wade or the federal constitution and it resulted in the striking down of numerous pro-life Tennessee laws that were helping women and limiting abortions.

Subsequently the 2000 ruling was also used as precedent to strike state law requiring the inspection, regulation and licensure of abortion facilities in Tennessee, he explained. All of those pro-life protections — which have reduced abortions in some states by as much as 50 percent — could be restored now that the amendment has been approved

[Brian] Harris told LifeNews that Yes on 1 coordinated a statewide grassroots campaign heavy on volunteers and smaller financial contributions from individuals, churches and pro-life organizations.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Abortionists Battle to Kill Without Clinics

And read Learn to be Abortionist in 6-weeks, Free Online