Draconian…such a harsh sounding word. (insert shudder and scary music here) I kind of knew what this word meant, but I looked it up on my handy dictionary app to make sure. The word draconian is used to describe something that is unusually severe or cruel. I searched the clear definition of this word because I had just read an article describing ME as wanting to place draconian laws on women if an amendment is passed to our TN constitution this November. They did not say my name, but they placed me in a category of “anti-choicers wanting to pass Amendment 1”. I’ll take that category, it’s actually better than some of the categories others have placed me in!
This unfair labeling prompted me to write a series of blogs to explain this amendment (Amendment 1) and its origin. If you live in TN, if you know people who live in TN, if you have ever been to TN, or heard of TN, I implore you to continue reading. The following information is too important to look the other way.
When abortion was legalized in the early 70s, TN passed four laws that protected women and their right to choose. Here are the four…1) Informed Consent, 2) 48 hour waiting period, 3) late-term abortions had to be performed in a hospital, and 4) abortion mills had to be regulated and inspected. Do these laws seem draconian to you? Seriously!
Planned Parenthood (PP) saw these laws and came after our state with a lawsuit Planned Parenthood vs Sundquist. I encourage you to look up the details of this case for yourself. Planned Parenthood vs. Sundquist went all the way to the TN Supreme Court and PP won. We had to erase all four of those laws. Do you get the feeling like I do that PP are the creepy, unusually cruel ones here?
Very few people know this, but because the TN Constitution is so liberal, if abortion became illegal on a national level, a woman would still be able to get a legal abortion in the state of TN. Did you know that? Is that crazy or what? All eight states bordering TN have some type of laws in place which protect women’s health regarding abortion, and since we do not, then our state has become an abortion destination. Think about that one for a minute. An Abortion….Destination…
I don’t know about you, but I love my state. I love the rich heritage of barbecue, Beale St, and baseball. I love how people flock to Nashville to experience the music, football, 2nd Ave, and big dreams. And I love that we are known for the Big Orange, and Great Smoky Mountains. But now we can add to the list, an abortion destination. What a gruesome, horrific addition to our rich heritage.
It sickens me to think that right now we have eight abortion mills in our state and four of those are unlicensed; that 16 year old girls are submitting themselves to an abortion with little to no information up front regarding what is actually being performed on them; that these girls are going into a “clinic” thinking naively this clinic is clean and inspected, having no idea vet clinics are more regulated than where she is about to have surgery; it breaks my heart to think a woman who is being forced to have an abortion (this happens more than you want to know) has no waiting period for her safety. What is happening every day amidst our hustle and bustle is barbaric. Draconian like wouldn’t you say?
Amendment 1, which will be on the ballot in November, is simply a measure taken to bring our constitution back to a neutral position on the issue of abortion. It will make us equal with the federal law and replaces none of the four laws I mentioned earlier.
Go and check what I have said and see for yourself. We have to do something about this and the time is now. Vote Yes on Amendment 1 and check back in a few days for my next installment into this draconian way!
YES ON 1