Support TN SB0334. Ok, you could have supported this last year. Perhaps we’ll have another chance next year, but the question is why didn’t Tennessee Right To Life let someone know this was on the docket?
I’m on the list, I get the e-mails, I respond when they ask for action…but why don’t they want to out law abortion? I suppose that’s a deeper question for another time. For now read the text of the bill and be sure to send Senator Miller an E-mail and thank him for his heroic if not lonely stand for the unborn.
The summary of the bill states:
“Abortion – Redefines person to mean a live human being with life beginning when the ovum is fertilized by male sperm; permits abortions only if the mother’s life is at risk and after the physician certifies certain information. – Amends TCA Title 39.”
In the “about” the bill section it reads:
This bill would remove the authorization for any abortion unless the woman’s life is at risk and her attending physician certifies that an abortion is necessary to save the woman’s life. This bill states that “human life begins when the ovum is fertilized by male sperm.”
It should be noted that both the federal and state constitutions have been interpreted through case law to protect a woman’s right to choose to terminate a pregnancy. Such cases identify “viability of the fetus” as the point at which the state may “interfere” (but not unreasonably) with that right. Removal of a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy without state interference prior to the viability of the fetus would be considered constitutionally suspect, which would be the case in this bill if “fertilization” is “pre-viability”. It should also be noted that under the case interpreting the state and federal constitutions, a restriction on abortion generally has to contain an exception for the life or health of the mother, not just the life of the mother.
It’s sad, but the fact of the matter is this. Abortion will not come to an end in Tennessee, until someone is willing to state the unpopular and take a stand for the babies.
Thank You Senator Jeff Miller! We thank you and the Babies thank you!