What Do You Know About TN Amendment 1?
In 2000, The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that some laws passed by the state legislature and designed to restrict women’s rights to abortion in Tennessee were unconstitutional. In November of 2014, a proposed amendment to our state constitution aims to put decisions about women’s access to abortion back in politicians’ hands.
The amendment, known as Amendment 1, reads as follows:
“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 language is confusing. It implies that perhaps there would exceptions to abortion restrictions in certain cases, but exceptions are not part of the amendment. Amendment 1 would open the door to the kind of restrictive legislation that is currently shutting down health clinics and limiting women’s access to abortion across the United States.