From Tennessee Eagle Forum:
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This effort is in response the to 2000 State Supreme Court decision that overturned our 48-hour waiting period, our informed consent, and the law that required that second trimester abortions be done in a hospital. The court 'found' that our State Constitution had a stronger 'right to privacy' than the US Constitution under Roe v Wade. (Actually, neither Constitution contains a 'right to privacy' -- it was 'manufactured' in both cases.)
Because of this decision, I am embarrassed and horrified to report that TN is now an ABORTION DESTINATION state. We should all be embarrassed and ashamed!
It is vitally important to understand that in order to be successful, this amendment must receive 50% +1 of the votes cast in the Governor's race. We could get the 'majority' of votes and still lose. Folks have to understand that they must 'go down ballot' in order to vote on the amendment. Millions of dollars will be poured into the state to defeat this effort. Killing babies is big business. We need money and we need hands and feet to make sure that this amendment passes.
If we are successful in amending the state constitution, the legislature can then pass common sense, health-protecting legislation.
As you can see from the misleading ALCU news release below, the opponents are gearing up for the fight.
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Bobbie Patray - 360-8810 - on the Board of YES on 1 Campaign.
On Roe Anniversary ACLU-TN Urges Tennesseans to Take Action
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2014 CONTACT: Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN Executive Director, 615-320-7142; firstname.lastname@example.org NASHVILLE - On the eve of the 41st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Roe v. Wade decision, the ACLU of Tennessee urges Tennesseans' to join in efforts to defeat the November 2014 ballot initiative that would erode women's access to reproductive health care by signing the "I Stand for Reproductive Freedom in Tennessee" petition.
The petition states that decisions regarding reproductive health are the most personal decisions a woman can make and that they should be made with those closest to her -her family, clergy and health care providers -free from interference by the government.
In Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a woman's right to access abortion and comprehensive health care. In 2000, the Tennessee Supreme Court further protected reproductive freedom by issuing a historic decision in Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee v. Sundquist, a case brought by ACLU-TN and others. The Court reaffirmed the right to privacy found in the Tennessee Constitution and ruled that a woman's right to abortion was protected under that privacy guarantee, finding that the Tennessee Constitution provides even greater protection than the U.S. Constitution.
Ever since the Tennessee Supreme Court's 2000 ruling, a backlash has surfaced in the Tennessee General Assembly, culminating in the upcoming 2014 ballot initiative intended to make abortion illegal and/or unavailable in Tennessee. The proposed constitutional amendment does not provide protections for women in the case of rape, incest or endangerment to their lives. ACLU-TN is now preparing an aggressive campaign to defeat the ballot initiative and petition signers will be kept abreast of the ballot initiative campaign.
The following can be attributed to Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee: "The ability to decide whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term without government interference is essential to a woman's equality, autonomy and dignity, with implications for every aspect of her life-her education, family, career goals, economic status, and, more broadly, her ability to live the life she planned. Forty-one years after Roe, some politicians are still trying to take a woman's right to abortion away. But across the nation and in Tennessee, 'the war on women' is galvanizing people from both political parties to come out publicly against these attacks. In November 2014, Tennesseans have the opportunity to vote against government interference in our personal, private reproductive healthcare decisions. ACLU-TN urges Tennesseans committed to protecting reproductive freedom to vote no in November."