Stop Political Interference in Women’s Reproductive Health Decisions

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UPDATE: This bill was signed into law by Governor Haslam on May 11, 2017.

A bill that would drastically limit women’s constitutional right to make their own medical decisions and place an undue burden on women seeking legal and safe reproductive care and the doctors who care for them is moving through the Tennessee General Assembly.

SB 1180/HB 1189, sponsored by Sen. Joey Hensley and Rep. Matthew Hill, essentially bans abortions after 20-weeks except in medical emergencies, makes the definition of “medical emergency” harder to meet, and places the burden on doctors to prove their innocence should the state try to prosecute them under this law.

Tennessee’s attorney general recently issued an opinion stating that this legislation is “constitutionally suspect.”

The courts long ago established constitutional precedent that the decision to terminate a pregnancy belongs to the woman and the individuals she chooses to be involved, not the government.

While we may not all agree about abortion, it is important that we support a woman and allow her to make the best decision for her circumstances. She should be able to make them in consultation with her doctor, faith and family, without politicians interfering in the conversation or trying to force her hand by narrowing the window in which she is allowed to decide what is best for her health and her family.

Tell Governor Haslam to veto SB 1180/HB 1189 and keep politicians out of a woman’s decision-making when it comes to what’s best for her reproductive health and her family.

Sample Veto Letter to the Governor

I am writing to urge you to veto SB 1180/HB 1189.

SB 1180/HB 1189 essentially bans abortions after 20-weeks except in medical emergencies, makes the definition of “medical emergency” harder to meet, and places the burden on doctors to prove their innocence should the state try to prosecute them under this law.

While we may not all agree about abortion, it is important that we support a woman and allow her to make the best decision for her health and circumstances. She should be able to make these decisions in consultation with her doctor, faith and family, without politicians interfering in the conversation or trying to force her hand by narrowing the window in which she can decide what is best for her family.

Tennessee’s attorney general recently issued an opinion stating that this legislation is “constitutionally suspect.”

The courts long ago established constitutional precedent that the decision to terminate a pregnancy belongs to the woman and the individuals she chooses to be involved in the decision, not the government. Tennessee women shouldn’t have their health and well-being threatened nor should they be told what is best for them.

Please veto SB 1180/HB 1189.

2017-08-08T12:58:28+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: Take Action|