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Tennessee Moves to Change Constitution to Eliminate Abortion Protections

Following rulings by the Tennessee Supreme Court that the state Constitution grants a greater right to abortion than the US Constitution, Tennessee legislators are trying to reduce those protections. On Thursday, the state Senate passed a proposal to amend the Constitution that would not alter the language of the Constitution, but would add a new section reading “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires funding of an abortion.” Both the House and Senate must approve the proposal this year, and they must approve it by a two-thirds margin next year in order to send it to voters for final approval.

Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, told the Associated Press, “The resolution is an all-out attack on the women of Tennessee and seeks to rob women of their right to make choices about their own health, safety and personal welfare.”

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Sources:

Associated Press 3/13/06; TN Senate Joint Resolution 127; Tennessean 3/14/06

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