Activists launch campaigns for and against Tenn. abortion

Activists launch campaigns for and against Tenn. abortion amendment

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"We know that Tennesseans are opposed to the government being in their personal decisions, particularly about their healthcare, and so we see this as a step back for women's ability to control their health," Tory Mills said. "We know that Tennesseans are opposed to the government being in their personal decisions, particularly about their healthcare, and so we see this as a step back for women's ability to control their health," Tory Mills said.
"Years ago, judges got a hold of our laws and changed things making it to where the legislators didn't have as much control over some of these issues," State Rep. Roger Kane said. "Years ago, judges got a hold of our laws and changed things making it to where the legislators didn't have as much control over some of these issues," State Rep. Roger Kane said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -  The 2014 vote on a Tennessee abortion amendment is still a year away, but groups on both sides are already launching campaigns.

Two events happened Monday night. One featured Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and the other with the Duggar family from TLC's "19 and Counting."

Those events are in favor of what's known as amendment one, which would void a 2000 state Supreme Court ruling that threw out a mandatory 48-hour waiting period for abortions and make it that all abortions, except for first-term abortions, are performed in hospitals.

Lawmakers in support of the law said the amendment gives the power back to the voters.

"I think well over 80 percent of Tennesseans do not want their tax dollars to pay for what is arguably the taking of a human life," State Rep. Bill Dunn said.

"Years ago, judges got a hold of our laws and changed things making it to where the legislators didn't have as much control over some of these issues and amendment 1 is basically going to allow this to go back to square one neutral," State Rep. Roger Kane said.

Just as anti-abortion activists are aggressively campaigning to make sure amendment 1 passes, opponents are working just as hard to make sure it fails.

"We're going to be hitting the ground running," external affairs coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Middle & East TN Tory Mills said.

Mills said the amendment strips women of the right to choose and instead relies on government to make critical health decisions.

"We know that Tennesseans are opposed to the government being in their personal decisions, particularly about their healthcare, and so we see this as a step back for women's ability to control their health," Mills said.

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