Tennessee Abortion Amendment
The state Senate on Thursday passed a proposal to amend the Tennessee Constitution so that it doesn’t guarantee a woman’s right to an abortion.
The 24-9 vote was the first step of many toward officially amending the state constitution. The measure would go before voters if the General Assembly approves it twice over the next two years.
Why would they use this backward way of doing it? In anticipation of passing a law banning abortion because
The state Supreme Court has ruled that the Tennessee Constitution grants women a greater right to abortion than the U.S. Constitution.
This is a bad idea. I think abortion is terrible but would only be made worse by criminalizing it. And amending the constitution specifically to say it doesn’t guarantee something seems odd.