No on One Campaign Launched in Memphis
The statewide “Vote NO on 1” Campaign kicked off in Memphis with a gathering of activists and elected officials last week. The after work event at the downtown Cotton Museum on July 22, co-hosted by Shelby County Mayoral Candidate Deirdre Malone, gathered local physicians, social service providers, advocates for women’s health and volunteers opposed to TN Amendment One planned for the November 4th ballot.
Amendment One reads “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.”
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. Amendment One proposes to put decisions about women’s access to abortion back in politicians’ hands.
“Amendment One 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,” says Rebecca Terrell, Executive Director of CHOICES. “If this dangerous and flawed amendment is passed, our legislature could pass even more restrictions on abortion in Tennessee than the many that already exist. We believe that the decision to terminate a pregnancy is a deeply personal one that should be left to a woman, her doctor, her family, and her faith.”
CHOICES encourages the community to learn more about this amendment, and to actively make their opinions known to their friends, colleagues, community groups, and most importantly, at the ballot box in November.
Read this editorial by Rosalyn R. Nichols, M.Div., D.Min., is pastor of Freedom’s Chapel Christian Church (DOC) in Memphis.
Learn how this Amendment could affect access to reproductive healthcare throughout the U.S. south.
Read a Resolution by the Tennessee Democratic Party to work against passage of Amendment 1.
Read and share this blog post that describes in more detail what Amendment 1 would mean for reproductive rights in TN.