Senate approves anti-abortion resolution by two-thirds majority

Monday, April 18, 2011 at 8:02pm

The state Senate voted Monday night to ask voters to amend the Tennessee constitution to strip away abortion rights, with supporters saying they want to put “common-sense” restrictions into the law.

The vote was 24-8 — the two-thirds majority needed with two votes to spare. If the House also approves the resolution by a super-majority this session, as seems all but certain, then the measure will go on the ballot for voters to decide in the 2014 elections.

Last year, the House voted by the stunning margin of 76-22 for SJR127, as the anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution is known, and that was before the 2010 elections that gave Republicans even firmer control of the legislature.

Even if voters agree to amend the constitution, abortion still would be legal in Tennessee as long as Roe v. Wade stands. But Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, said the amendment is needed to give the legislature “the right to enact reasonable protections for women’s health and the unborn” such as a 24- or 48-hour waiting period before an abortion can be performed.

“The only way to restore protections is to change the constitution and give the legislature the authority to write common-sense laws,” Beavers told the Senate. “This matter is too important to play politics. Those who oppose it will try to muddy the water and change the focus of what this amendment is all about. This will get us back to neutral ground. Then the people will have the right to vote on it so we can look at the various protections that can be put into law.”

The Senate voted down amendments by Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden, to allow for abortions in the case of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother.

“It will be my intent to vote for SJR127 but only if we protect the women whose lives are in danger and only if we protect the women who are victims of rape or incest,” Herron said.

Recognizing any resistance was futile, pro-choice Democrats didn’t put much of a fight. Sen. Beverly Marrero, D-Memphis, kept it short: “I do represent women who are pro-choice in Tennessee. Women should have a right to make decisions about their own body.”

162 Comments on this post:

By: Radix on 4/19/11 at 4:28

House of Pain said: "Besides, we're talking about a fetus(potential person), not a newborn(actual person)."

House of Pain, My 4 week old son is next to me right now. He was born 6 weeks early via C-Section because mom was having issues. He was completely viable, he cried, ate, slept, didn't require treatment or assistance of any kind other than food. Yet like any newborn (or fetus) he would not have survived without help.

The only difference between this "potential person" and an "actual person" is size.

So tell me, Is my son still a "potential person" because he is still pre-term? At what point does it change from abortion to murder- does he have to be full term? Does his whole head body have to be out or just his head? Why is a person who causes injury to a pregnant woman liable for manslaughter? Women who discard newborns charged with murder? Is it OK to abort a newborn who is sick (not viable)? Who is qualified to decide such things?

How much sense does it make that we punish someone who kills a fetus that is wanted, but killing one that is unwanted is totally fine - and our government subsidizes it, and big abortion makes a fortunes doing it? Is it being wanted that makes it murder as opposed to a profitable procedure? Just curious about your position on these things...

By: Nitzche on 4/19/11 at 4:39

let me give the black man perspective.........keep hope alive

By: serr8d on 4/19/11 at 6:13

So, we can vote on this in 2014? Good!

Now that's the way it's supposed to be. And a good thing that Tennesseans will likely support the common-sense restrictions on abortion that the leftists hate, hate, hate, because they have such powerful brains (but no souls).

Between now and then (2011 to 2014) at least 41,000 abortions will take place in Tennessee (given that the latest statistics, for 2009, Tennessee recorded 13,691 abortions; slightly down from the 14,245 recorded in 2008 and the 14,376 in 2007).

No word on whether any of these aborted fetii would've been named 'Loner', 'gdiafluente', or any of the other pro-abortion, far-left neo-marxists who've posted in this thread. But someone will miss them.

One thing for sure, they certainly won't grow up to vote one day, either way.

By: budlight on 4/19/11 at 7:10

house_of_pain on 4/19/11 at 1:36
BTW, what's this "innocent baby" stuff? I thought religious folks said we are all guilty of "original sin"...
Besides, we're talking about a fetus(potential person), not a newborn(actual person).

HOUSE, you need to go to school and learn something. A baby in the womb is alive, it is breathing and it has all its' major body parts after 8 weeks. SEE definition of FETUS aka living, breathing person encased in a womb. In SouthKorea, at the moment of birth a person starts off at 1 year old.

"fetus (fts)
The unborn offspring of a mammal at the later stages of its development, especially a human from eight weeks after fertilization to its birth. In a fetus, all major body organs are present."

Just cause the medical community calls it a FETUS, does not make it so. It is a baby, you, you, you, . . . . never mind. God still loves you even though you would kill a baby. BUT He will forgive you if you ask him to.

By: budlight on 4/19/11 at 7:12

Radix, right on -- and write on. You make good sense to those of us who think with our brains AND heart and not our mindless hollow empty heads and spirits.

By: pswindle on 4/19/11 at 7:41

PhiDelt496
I know the area that Mae Beavers represents. We had Buck for years and he represented us well. Tell you the truth, I don't know now she got elected, and that goes for Rep. Weaver. I know that we will not stand for her kind too long.

By: budlight on 4/20/11 at 5:34

By Radix "How much sense does it make that we punish someone who kills a fetus that is wanted, but killing one that is unwanted is totally fine - and our government subsidizes it, and big abortion makes a fortunes doing it? Is it being wanted that makes it murder as opposed to a profitable procedure? Just curious about your position on these things..."

Radix, congradulations on your successful delivery; sounds like it was rough going, but you and the little one pulled through. If you left it up to the libs, the baby - a real live human living in your womb - would not have made it. God bless you and baby.

Regarding your statement on abortion vs. capital punishment of actual murderers, the libs think that a cold blooded killer has more rights than an innocent baby in the womb. And yes, Christians believe we are born with the original sin, but we have Jesus Christ who died to cover our sins if we ask for forgiveness, so Children are covered until they reach an age of accountability. That's one thing Libs probably do not really study. The Bible is a must for reading both for adults and our children.

Keep the faith, Radix and others who believe.

By: Antisocialite on 4/20/11 at 9:21

Big abortion?!? You guys have really jumped the shark over here.

By: Radix on 4/20/11 at 10:44

Thanks Budlight!!

And Antisocialite: heck yeah, big abortion. Its even more disgusting when you look at the $. Abortions are hugely profitable and government subsidized on top of it. Yet on other threads we have Moonglow worrying about who keeps the profit from a charter school. As if there were one. That's OK, though, keep hugging trees while fetuses are executed for convenience and money. (Not that I don't love trees...)

By: revo-lou on 4/20/11 at 11:33

{ Abortions are hugely profitable and government subsidized on top of it.}

You know that it is, and has been, illegal since the late 70's for the federal government to provide funds for abortion, don’t you? So, you are claiming that the state government is funding them? I would venture that any doctor providing a medical service, is in it for the profit as much as they are in it to help people, but that is another topic. I would further venture though, that any group providing abortions are not-for-profit facilities. But, even if they are, are you not a free market, capitalistic supporter?

By: budlight on 4/20/11 at 1:55

But, even if they are, are you not a free market, capitalistic supporter?

Question posed by revo-lou. No, revo, not when it comes to murdering innocent, unborn human beings. How crass!

Abortion is murder. Because if someone kills a mother who is pregnant, the person is charged with 2 murders - look at Scott Peterson now doing time for 2 deaths - his wife and his child whom she was carrying in her womb. A life is a life - no matter the stage.

If the tomato seed you plant in a garden is not alive and viable, it will not spring forth and grow a tomato plant to produce tomatoes with more seeds. Likewise if a sperm and egg are not alive and viable, they will not produce another human. Simple and yet so many libs find it hard to fathom that once the union of the alive egg and alive sperm are consumated, there is a human being coming forth.

By: revo-lou on 4/20/11 at 2:12

Sorry “budlight” if you mistake honesty with crassness! Viable is the key word there, though it seems to elude you. Peterson was charged because the child was almost at term, and could have easily survived outside of the womb at the time of his death. What is crass is that you think a person decides to keep a pregnancy or have an abortion as a matter of course. I would dare say that NO woman has ever thought the moment they found out they were pregnant, “should I keep it or should I have an abortion”. If you think that is the normal train of thought, your ignorance will be reclassified as stupidity.

As to your weak analogy, the tomato seed is nothing without soil/sun/water/air/temperature. Until all those items come into play it is but a seed, just like the human male and female version, useless without the proper envrioment.

Of course, given your penchant for life and little ones, we can also put you down as supporting all free lunch/healthcare/daycare/education for each and every child that is in need. At least you have that going for you.