Commercial Appeal – Bill to limit abortions advances in Tennessee legislature

From the article:

A proposal to change the Tennessee Constitution to allow the state to impose stricter limits on abortion has passed both chambers of the General Assembly, but still has hurdles to cross before going to voters for ratification in 2014.

The resolution, which passed the Senate in March, was approved 76-22 by House members Monday night. That was significant because for nine years, abortion-rights opponents have been unable to win House approval of the proposed amendment.

The measure is intended to void a Tennessee Supreme Court ruling in 2000 that found an even stronger right to privacy, and thus abortion, in the state constitution than the U.S. Supreme Court found in the U.S. Constitution in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Rep. Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis, decried the legislature’s action. “When our country was founded, we refused to acknowledge that slavery was a horrible, immoral act. Almost a hundred years later, we had a war over that.

“Look around you. How many women are in this chamber? … I have a feeling that in this country if a majority of women tried to tell men what to do in their sex lives and what to do with their own bodies, it would fail utterly and miserably….”


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