At the Poles this November
Last week, I shared about the September 2000 radical pro-abortion decision by the Tennessee Supreme court in Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee v. Sundquist. With their decision, abortion policies in Tennessee have become “abortion of demand,” meaning Tennesseans can no longer enforce common sense regulations concerning abortion.
In the state election coming soon, Amendment 1 to the TN State Constitution has been introduced to help restore some of the protections and safeguards that were stripped away by the courts. One of the safeguards is to provide adequate information and time to think for women and girls seeking abortion.
This amendment will restore TN laws that are still on the books, including a one-parent consent requirement for minors seeking abortions. The amendment will require the licensure, inspection, and regulation of abortion facilities in our state. (Can you imagine what a restaurant would be like if inspections and proper regulations were not required? Now consider not regulating the cleanliness of a medical facility.)
According to the TN Department of Health, for the most recent year available (2011), there were 12,368 abortions performed on women residing in Tennessee. Since Tennessee now boasts the fewest abortion restrictions of any state in the southeast, an additional 3,747 abortions were performed on women residing from outside the state, bringing the total to 16,115 abortions in 2011 alone.
Remember how devastated we were because 2,977 people were killed in the attack on September 11, 2001. Should we not be more devastated by our own TN laws?
Voting “Yes” on this amendment would not ban abortion; however, securing a “Yes” vote on this amendment would allow passage and enforcement of common-sense policies and regulations.
(More about the amendment and process next week.)