Tennessee abortion amendment heads to 2014 ballot

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May 23, 2011


By Bailey Ludlam

NASHVILLE, Tennessee: A proposed abortion amendment will be moving forward to the Tennessee 2014 statewide ballot following a vote by the House.[1]

On Friday, May 20 the House voted 76-18 to refer the proposed measure to the statewide ballot.[2] On April 18 the State Senate voted 24-8 in favor of the proposed amendment.[3]

The measure would ask voters to decide whether there should be a "fundamental right" to abortion.[4] Specifically, the measure would add a new section the Tennessee Constitution. According to the filed text, the section would read:

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.

The measure marks the first certified measure for 2014. An estimated nine measures are pending in Iowa, Nevada and Tennessee.

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