Abortion Opponents Propose Constitutional Amendment in Tennessee

Abortion opponents plan to reintroduce a constitutional amendment on Thursday to ban abortion in Tennessee. Last week, anti-abortion groups launched a campaign to pressure the Tennessee House legislature to pass a resolution (see PDF) banning abortion. The resolution states, “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.”

The Tennessean reports that Tennessee House Representative Dolores Gresham notified the House Speaker that she intends to bring the resolution up for a floor vote. If 66 of the 99 representatives support her motion, the measure will go straight to a up-or-down vote on the floor, instead of returning to a subcommittee.

The resolution was passed in the Senate but was killed in a House subcommittee earlier this year in a 6-3 vote, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.


Tennessee Senate Joint Resolution 127; Chattanooga Times Free Press 04/23/08; Tennessean 04/28/08; Associated Press 04/28/08

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