And There’s This: Tennessee Senate Passes Abortion Amendment
“nothing in Constitution of Tennessee secures or protects right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion; states that 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”
Supporters keep insisting that the bill does not make abortion illegal, while not addressing the fact that if this ultimately succeeds (there are several more steps for this Constitutional amendment), it makes room for the numerous restrictions often supported by anti-choice folks – such as waiting periods, forced ultrasounds, required “informed consent” scripts that are not medically accurate, and so on. It also makes room for an abortion ban in the event that national protections vanish.
Republican Sen. Diane Black sponsored the bill and calls it “getting the constitution back to neutral ground” but doesn’t address the potential restrictions or trigger law nature of the legislation. Aside from which, while not including exemptions for rape and incest is actually pretty logically consistent (we can argue about that another day), specifically pointing out that there is no guaranteed right to an abortion “when necessary to save the life of the mother” doesn’t feel very neutral to me.