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Draconian- and finally…

This will be my last blog post on this subject. As of this writing, we have less than one week before we will know the outcome of whether or not Amendment 1 will pass, changing our TN Constitution. There has been much deception and mis-truth circulated from the opposing side. I hope my blog posts have helped some, or at least a few, see through the muck and mire clarifying the reasons behind this Amendment.

Back in the late 70’s TN passed four laws protecting women and their right to choose. Here are the four…1) Informed Consent, (which I covered in “Draconian- Part 2) 2) 48 hour waiting period, (Draconian- Part 3) 3) late-term abortions had to be performed in a hospital, (Draconian- Part 4) and 4) abortion mills had to be regulated and inspected. Planned Parenthood came in and sued our state in the case, Planned Parenthood vs. Sundquist. They accused TN of interfering with a woman’s right to choose. TN lost the lawsuit and because of this we now have to have a constitutional amendment to bring our state back to a neutral position on the issue of abortion. This Amendment is the one I spoke of earlier. Vote Yes on 1.

I decided to dissect each of these laws after I was called (indirectly, but still) an “anti-choicer wanting to place draconian laws on women” in regards to abortion. In this blog I want you to think about abortion mills being regulated and inspected and whether or not you think it is a draconian law against women.

Tattoo parlors in TN have regulations and requirements, veterinarian clinics in TN have regulations and requirements and are held to certain standards in order to maintain an operational license. Any and all of these facilities in TN are inspected in order to insure cleanliness, and that procedures for maintaining these facilities are in compliance. Yet the TN Health Department acknowledges that when it comes to abortion clinics there are no regulations or inspections required. We can get tatted up in clean and safely regulated facilities, we can take our animals and have a peace of mind that the veterinarian clinic will be held to a standard of excellence; but when it comes to the operations performed on women who are having an abortion, the state of TN has no care or concern for the health of the women who come for the procedure, because they have no care or concern for the cleanliness of the facility.

Give me a break! Do we really want this for our state? We’re allowing our mothers, daughters, wives, and sisters to have surgery performed on them in a facility that is left to its own devices in regards to cleanliness, licensed workers, doctors with hospital admitting privileges, and buildings up to par for a surgical facility. Why are we allowing this to happen on our watch? It seems the very people who are calling for abortion to NOT be a back alley procedure are indeed MAKING abortion a back alley procedure.

Now please know, voting YES on Amendment 1 will not bring required licensing, or regular inspections of these mills. All this amendment provides is a chance for our state to be neutral on the issue of abortion, instead of the most liberal Constitution in our land. Very few people know that because our constitution is so liberal, if Roe vs. Wade were overturned tomorrow, one could still travel to TN and get a legal abortion.

THAT’s why we need this amendment. THAT’s why we need to vote YES ON 1. THAT’s why we need to bring our state up to par with the 8 surrounding states and keep TN from being an abortion destination any longer.

We have this one moment in time to make a difference, use your voice to be the one that speaks to the future and our families.

Protect our mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, and our state. Vote YES ON 1.

Draconian- Part 4

Driving down the road one day I encountered what seemed to me, to be something out of place. You know those pictures we were shown as a child and were asked to pick out what didn’t belong? That’s what I was reminded of at the moment. It was an odd addition of a business nestled between the Food Lion, car wash, and Kmart that caught my attention. This business was located in a small strip with three store fronts. At the top of one door was a HUGE sign that read “PLASTIC SURGERY”.

At first I thought they surely could not be serious. Someone would actually go have plastic surgery there??? It became a source of curiosity to me wondering if people would show up. Now maybe there is something more to this than meets the eye, but let me tell you, if I ever choose to have a tummy tuck or nose job, I’ll be headed to my local hospital, and not a store front by the car wash.

This scenario still applies in Nashville, TN. Fast forward to today. The TN voters have an amendment to our constitution coming up on the ballot this November. I’m writing this short series of blogs to talk about what this amendment means to us and why we should VOTE YES ON 1.

Back in the late 70’s TN passed four laws protecting women and their right to choose. Here are the four…1) Informed Consent, (which I covered in “Draconian- Part 2) 2) 48 hour waiting period, (which I covered in “Draconian- Part 3) 3) late-term abortions had to be performed in a hospital, and 4) abortion mills had to be regulated and inspected. Planned Parenthood came in and sued our state in the case, Planned Parenthood vs. Sundquist. They accused TN of interfering with a woman’s right to choose by passing those four laws. TN lost the lawsuit and became one of the most liberal states in regards to abortion. Few people know that if abortion were outlawed tomorrow in America, one could still travel to TN and obtain a legal abortion… So now because of these results we have to pass a constitutional amendment to bring our state back to a neutral position on the issue of abortion; in line with all eight surrounding states. This Amendment is the one I spoke of earlier. Vote Yes on 1.

I decided to dissect each of these laws that were stripped from us and the women seeking abortion, after I was called (indirectly, but still) an “anti-choicer wanting to place draconian laws on women” in regards to abortion. In this blog I want you to think about requiring late-term abortions being performed in a hospital and whether or not you think it is a draconian law against women.

Most people do not know that America is one of only four countries that allows late-term abortions. Yeah, let that one sink in a minute. As you can imagine, a late-term abortion is a horrific procedure performed against a child. I will not go into what is involved in this gruesome act against humanity, you can find this information for yourself with one look on any internet search engine. Due to the fact we have no state laws regulating late-term abortions we have “doctors” performing this procedure in these abortion mills without a second thought in regards to the health of the mother. In other words, they’re performing serious surgery nestled in between the Food Lion, car wash, and Kmart. If the abortionists were concerned about her health more than her money they would encourage her to go where she could get the best care.

When Planned Parenthood sued the state of TN and stripped us of this requirement, we began to have women at risk who go into this procedure with no knowledge up front (remember they took away informed consent too) into these places that are not equipped for such a major surgery. Picture PLASTIC SURGERY above the door of a store front, miles away from the nearest hospital.

Voting YES ON 1 will not bring this law back. I want you as a voter, a reader, an informed citizen to get FIRED UP and angry that Planned Parenthood has this kind of power over our state. It is common knowledge they have an agenda and that agenda is money. They are not concerned for women, our health, or the well-being of our state.

In the last few weeks I have seen and heard that the “no on 1” folks have said this amendment will regulate birth control, interfere with child-rearing, ban abortion, keep women who have suffered rape or incest from having abortions, and even have something to do with gay marriage!! These claims are completely laughable! I have been called names, and some pretty cruddy stuff has been written about me since I started this series of blogs. Not one has challenged the truth I’m espousing. Name-calling is the extent of their attacks. People are angry that I’m telling the truth. People are angry that others are telling the truth. They’re grasping at anything they can pluck out of the air to try to make fear and doubt come into the minds of TN voters. Don’t let it.

In fact, I challenge you to find the truth for yourself. Look at the actual amendment and think about the words written there. I had one woman saying this amendment would allow the government to make health decisions for women when the amendment clearly states, “the people retain the right”. Look at honest, reputable sites and ask honest, reputable people what the truth of the matter is. Check what I’m saying and educate yourself about this subject. This Amendment is too important, and there are too many people telling lies about this subject to keep the abortion agenda alive in our state. It’s time we took our state back and allowed the voters to decide what they want!

Protect our mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, and our state. Vote YES ON 1.

Draconian- Part 3

I got the call from a local high school guidance counselor. The conversation went something like this…

GC: I heard you help girls after they have abortions
Me: Yes that’s what we try to do
GC: Well I have a girl I don’t know what to do with. You are my last hope.

I traveled to the high school a few days later ready to meet this young girl the counselor didn’t know what to do with. I found myself riveted to the chair for the next hour listening to this young girl’s harrowing story.

She was 15 and pregnant. Her mother was adamant she would NOT have a baby. She made an appointment at the local abortion mill and took her daughter on the appointed day. This young girl begged and pleaded with her mother to not take her, and not force her to have an abortion.

When they arrived the young girl promptly told the workers she did NOT want the abortion, naively thinking they would help her. In true fashion…they didn’t help her. In fact, the young girl filled out her paperwork wrong, didn’t sign her name, told everyone she came in contact with she was being forced, all to no avail. She worked so hard to try to save the life of her child and no one would listen.

Her number was called and she walked to the room and was told to lay down on the table. That was just too much for this young girl. She tried to run and they stopped her. Then the workers proceeded to forcibly lay her on the table as she kicked and screamed and pleaded for her child. They sedated her and took the life of her child very much against her will.

This scenario didn’t happen in Russia or China, but right here in Nashville, TN. Upon hearing this horrific story, I spent the next 3 months meeting with this girl weekly, walking her through the grieving process, as well as the forgiveness process for those workers and her mother. She worked diligently through the study bringing her Bible each week to her guidance counselor’s room and allowing Jesus to heal the gaping wound abortion had left with her. This young girl was remarkably brave and will forever stand out in my mind. She has since given me permission to share her story in hopes it will help others.

Fast forward to today. The TN voters have an amendment to our constitution coming up on the ballot this November. I’m writing this short series of blogs to talk about what this amendment means to us and why we should VOTE YES ON 1.

Back in the late 70’s TN passed four laws protecting women and their right to choose. Here are the four…1) Informed Consent, (which I covered in “Draconian- Part 2) 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. Planned Parenthood came in and sued our state in the case, Planned Parenthood vs. Sundquist. They accused TN of interfering with a woman’s right to choose. TN lost the lawsuit and because of this we now have to have a constitutional amendment to bring our state back to a neutral position on the issue of abortion. This Amendment is the one I spoke of earlier. Vote Yes on 1.

I decided to dissect each of these laws after I was called (indirectly, but still) an “anti-choicer wanting to place draconian laws on women” in regards to abortion. In this blog I want you to think about a 48-hour waiting period and whether or not you think it is a draconian law against women.

Take my young high school friend for example. How differently would her story be today if there had been a waiting period? She would have seen the reality of where she was going and could have taken further steps during that 48 hours to protect her life and the life of her child.

Or what about the plaque at the “National Memorial for the Unborn” in Chattanooga, TN that I read every time I visit that simply states, “To my ten children, incest was cruel to all of us”. How different would this mother’s life be if there had been a waiting period for the first abortion? I have to ponder the question if the other nine would have occurred. We are guaranteeing further abuse in these incest victims lives by making abortion easy and accessible. The predators actions are never brought to light, and there is no accountability for his crime.

I can continue to tell story after story after story after story of women I have sat in SaveOne classes with, who describe the shocking and disturbing detail of a forced abortion. Sometimes these stories are more than I can bear. Knowing this is going on every day all across our land and right here in the state of TN. If not for the grace that flows so freely from Jesus I could not continue doing what I do.

Amendment 1 is not placing draconian laws on women, in fact it’s not bringing back any laws whatsoever! This amendment is simply making the TN Constitution neutral on the issue of abortion, putting the control of our state back in the voter’s hands. So, the next time you see someone pushing the Vote No agenda, remember this blog, remember my high school friend, and let them know what they are doing to girls and women all across our state.

Protect our wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, and our state. VOTE YES ON 1!

Draconian- Part 2

Do you like being called names? Well…I don’t either, that’s why I started this short series of blogs after I was called (indirectly, but still) an “anti-choicer wanting to place draconian laws on women” in regards to abortion. These people doing the name-calling seriously concern me. Let me tell you why you should be concerned too…

Back in the late 70’s TN passed four laws protecting 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. Planned Parenthood came in and sued our state in the case, Planned Parenthood vs. Sundquist. They accused TN of interfering with a woman’s right to choose. TN lost the lawsuit and because of this we now have to have a constitutional amendment to bring our state back to a neutral position on the issue of abortion. This Amendment will be on our ballot in November. Vote Yes on 1.

Let’s look at each of these laws and what purpose they served. You decide for yourself if you think they are draconian, or if they were helping women. In this blog we’ll dissect #1–informed consent.

The other day I was at the hospital with a friend who was having foot surgery. While there, the nurse came in and explained exactly what the surgeon was going to do to my friend’s foot, even pulling back the sheet to show my friend her foot had a big black X on it to assure her they were working on the correct foot! Then my friend had to sign a piece of paper giving her stamp of approval that yes indeed she wanted this surgery performed. That, my friends, is informed consent. And THAT is what was taken away, by Planned Parenthood, from women seeking abortion.

We have teenage girls going in to abortion mills in the state of TN and allowing these “doctors” to perform surgery without ever having full knowledge of the procedure or its risks. Why would any person want young girls and women to walk blindly into an abortion without being informed? Why would anyone fight so hard to take that away from wives, sisters, mothers, and daughters all across our state?

Could it be because Planned Parenthood knows if the violence of this procedure were told to this young girl she would be horrified?

Could it be if she knew she was risking a higher chance of breast cancer, infertility, depression, and suicide she might change her mind?

Could it be if this young girl knew what happened to the child during the abortion process she might change her mind?

If abortion is my right to choose, if abortion is good for me, if taking away abortion would put us back in the stone age, then why the secrecy? Why must the pro-aborts cloak their actions behind dark politics, and lawsuits? Why not come completely out of the closet and fully inform women and THEN let the women give their consent. Women deserve to be informed.

VOTE YES ON 1

Draconian- Part 1

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