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TN Abortion Legislation
By Angela Hatton
Nashville, TN – A proposal to change the Tennessee Constitution to allow the state to impose greater limits on abortions is advancing in the Legislature. The resolution sponsored by Republican Senator Diane Black passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 6-2 today. The measure would amend the state's constitution to say Tennessee does not protect abortion rights or provide funding for abortions. Those who voted against the resolution say the government shouldn't interfere with a woman's decision, especially in cases of rape, incest or threat to a woman's life. The state Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the Tennessee constitution offers greater protection for abortion rights than the U.S. Constitution and threw out several abortion restrictions.