This week, legislators will take up a bill that would drastically limit a woman’s constitutional right to make her own medical decisions and place an undue burden on a woman seeking legal and safe reproductive care.
SB 244/HB 108, co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Pody and Rep. Micah Van Huss, would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected — as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. This is often so early into a pregnancy that it would be tantamount to outlawing almost all abortions — meaning that even before a woman may know she is pregnant, she and her family could have the full range of medical options taken away from them.
The courts long ago established constitutional precedent that the decision to terminate a pregnancy belongs to the individuals involved, not the government.
By recklessly promoting legislation that is flatly unconstitutional, the sponsors of this bill gamble with taxpayer money, risking the state getting tied up in court for years while it expends scarce resources which could otherwise be used to provide Tennesseans with quality health care and education.
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, with those she trusts. She should be able to make such decisions in consultation 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 able to decide what is best for her health and her family.
Please send an email using the form below or call legislators at the following numbers before they meet on Wednesday, January 31, 2018:
Rep. John Clemmons, (615) 741-4410
Rep. Jeremy Faison, (615) 741-6871
Rep. JoAnne Favors, (615) 741-2702
Rep. Timothy Hill, (615) 741-2050
Rep. Sabi Kumar, (615) 741-2860
Rep. John Ragan, (615) 741-4400
Rep. Jerry Sexton, (615) 741-2534
Rep. Paul Sherrell, (615) 741-1963
Rep. Bryan Terry, (615) 741-2180