Tennessee abortion amendment heads to 2014 ballot
The measure would ask voters to decide whether there should be a "fundamental right" to abortion. 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.
- Associated Press, "Tennessee anti-abortion measure headed for 2014 ballot," May 20, 2011
- Chattanooga Times Free Press, "Tennessee: House OK puts abortion measure on 2014 ballot," May 20, 2011
- The Tennessean, "TN Senate moves constitutional measure on abortion closer to public vote," April 19, 2011
- The Commercial Appeal, "Abortion opponents watch 2014 for shift in state legislation," January 17, 2011