What is Wrong with our Legislators in Tennessee

April 16, 2006

A proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed Tennesseans a vote on state abortion law was killed by Democrats in a party line vote on Wednesday. Even though the bill has 50 sponsors in the 99-member House, it was routed through a subcommittee stacked with pro-abortion legislators. All three Republicans on the committee voted for the legislation.

Senate Joint Resolution 127, states that “Nothing in this [Tennessee’s] Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.”

The only problem with the legislation is the authors of the amendment acted with the wrong direction in mind.

They assumed that the legislation could only be enacted if the Supreme Court over rules Roe vs. Wade by ruling on North Dakota’s legislation. They have assumed that the courts have that type of power.

Apparently State laws in the past which have required regarding a waiting period before having an abortion, parental consent for minors, and information presented to women about the potential side effects of an abortion have all been struck down by the Tennessee state Supreme Court.

Beside willy-wormed legislators attempting to round in the God acting Supreme Court and the American Civil Liberties Union this week asked a federal appeals court to deny Tennesseans the choice of purchasing a “Choose Life” license plate created by the General Assembly in 2004.

What worries us most is that liberal, activist judges, will be replaced with conservative, activist judges instead of constitution based judges.

More in Tennessee as House Democrats this week held hearings at the Capitol for gay adoption advocates.  Representatives from the Child Welfare League of America and the Tennessee Equality Project were on hand to ask legislators to make it easier for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals to adopt children in Tennessee.

More information can be found at here and here.

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