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A Push Back on TN Constitution Abortion Measure

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 By Dan Gordon, Public News Service - TN, Contact
February 26, 2009

Nashville, TN — Opponents are lining up against two resolutions in the Tennessee legislature that would seek to add by referendum anti-abortion language to the state constitution.

Planned Parenthood is fighting the measure, which proposes to add the following language to the Tennessee constitution: "Nothing in this constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding for an abortion."

Jeff Teague, CEO of the Middle and East Tennessee Planned Parenthood, says the change is concerning.

"It would open up a situation where abortion could become illegal in Tennessee at some point in the future."

Teague says surveys indicate that most Americans are pro-choice.

"Polls at the national level and polls here in Tennessee have shown that the majority of people do support the basic concept of a woman’s right to access abortion."

Supporters of the resolutions point out that, if passed, the legislation would require a referendum and voters would make the ultimate decision on the amendment.

The two resolutions are HJR61 and HJR66.

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