As Christians in Tennessee, we have an upcoming opportunity to make a difference for Life. Tennessee elections are on November 4th, with early voting starting in October.
We wanted you to be aware that the 1st Amendment on the Tennessee ballot has to do with abortion. Currently, Tennessee is an abortion destination, meaning that many women come from surrounding states to TN to have abortions. Since 2000, TN laws have been so lenient that there are currently no regulations regarding informed consent, a waiting period, or regulations of abortion facilities by the TN Department of Health.
The upcoming election provides an opportunity to vote “Yes on 1.” By doing so, it “opens the door for informed consent for women and girls considering abortion, inspection or regulation of abortion facilities, and hospitalization requirement for later term abortions.”
There is a wealth of information, including an explanation of exactly how the amendment reads and how to understand it here: http://www.yeson1tn.org/.
By voting “Yes” on the first amendment, abortion will not be banned, but laws prior to the 2000 changes will be reinstated (informed consent, waiting period, regulations of abortion facilities, etc.). These measures do have a demonstrable effect in reducing the numbers of abortions.
I wanted to make everyone who might not be aware of it that this opportunity to decrease the number of innocent lives taken in this state is up for a vote this election. Please prayerfully consider this and make time to spread the word and to vote “Yes on 1.”
[Thanks to Kelly Tarr for researching and writing this informative piece.]