Reproductive Freedom and the Battle Over Tennessee's Constitution
On November 4, 2014, Tennesseans will vote whether or not to add language to the Tennessee Constitution that would move the state one step closer toward taking away a woman’s right to access safe and legal reproductive health care.
Decisions regarding pregnancy, contraception, and reproductive health are perhaps the most personal decisions a woman can make and they should be made with those closest to her – family, clergy, and health care providers – free from interference by the government or other voters.
ACLU is committed to protecting the laws and policies that protect these very personal decisions. If you are too, sign the "I Stand for Reproductive Freedom in Tennessee" petition.
This ballot initiative would insert language into the Tennessee Constitution stating:
“Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother."
Although proponents of the amendment have attempted to hide its true nature with vague language, the essential goal of this ballot initiative is clear: to make abortion illegal and/or unavailable in Tennessee. The amendment does not even provide protections for women in the case of rape, incest or endangerment to their lives. Were this amendment to pass and Roe v. Wade to be overturned, the Tennessee legislature would be free to outlaw access to abortion entirely.
ACLU-TN is joining with our allies to mount an aggressive vote NO campaign to keep reproductive freedom a reality for Tennesseans. We are building a coalition of pro-privacy and personal freedom groups and individuals to increase public awareness around the dangers of amending the state constitution to take away the constitutional right to privacy as it pertains to abortion.
Show your opposition to this regressive amendment and receive updates about our efforts by signing the “I stand for reproductive freedom in Tennessee!” petition today.
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