American Policy Roundtable Logo
 
Bookmark and Share

 
 

For the Common Good
By David Zanotti

The Clueless Protest

The Philosophy of Science and Medicine
By Dr. Charles McGowen

Affordable Care, Atheism and Astrophysics

A Moment in History
By Dr. Jeff Sanders

Tolkien, Lewis, Aeneas, and Paul

The Public Square The Latest on
The Public Square

The Story of Alvin York, Part III
July 21, 2017
2 Minute Format Archive

Song of Jesus
July 14, 2017
60 Minute Format Archive


Sign up for the
Roundtable eNewsletter
Why Vote Yes on Tennessee Issue 1
October 09 2014

SUMMARY

Back in 2000 the Tennessee Supreme Court made a serious mistake. They turned to politics instead of an honest reading of the State Constitution. They claimed that the Tennessee Constitution contains a greater right to abortion than the alleged right found by the U.S. Supreme Court in the federal constitution. (1973 Roe v Wade)

The word "abortion" never appears, nor is it implied in the Tennessee Constitution. By making this radical ruling the Tennessee Supreme Court has frozen Tennessee lawmakers out of the debate on reasonable abortion regulations. States all around Tennessee have laws regarding informed consent, waiting periods and clinic regulations on doctor-owned abortion clinics. Tennessee lawmakers are prohibited from enacting such laws by the 2000 state court decision.

The net result is Tennessee has become an abortion destination. Women from neighboring states now come to Tennessee for an abortion. Tennessee now ranks third in the nation for out of state abortions.

Issue 1 is an amendment to the Tennessee state constitution. Issue 1 does not place any specific regulations regarding abortion into the state constitution. It simply restores the authority of the Legislature to debate and pass measures on this issue, in essence, correcting the overreach of the 2000 Court decision.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

You can learn more about Issue 1 and all the ballot issues on the Tennessee ballot by visiting iVoters.com.

More information about Issue 1 is also available through Ballotpedia.