SJR 127: A 10-Year Legislative Struggle Ends in Victory

Now the real campaign starts—to make sure SJR 127 passes on the ballot in 2014!

A 10-year legislative struggle came to a victorious end on May 20 with the passage of Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 127 in the House! The vote was 76 to 18.

In 2000, our activist state Supreme Court said there was hidden in the text of our state constitution a fundamental right to abortion and struck down as unconstitutional our state’s informed consent and waiting period laws on abortion.

In 2001, as a state Senator, I joined with our friends at Tennessee Right to Life to sponsor SJR 127, which would allow the people to vote on an amendment to our state constitution that would restore neutrality to our state constitution on the issue of abortion. Though the Resolution would pass the Senate, it could never even get to the House floor for a vote until former Speaker Jimmy Naifeh was removed as Speaker three years ago.

We congratulate Senator Mae Beavers, Senate sponsor; Rep. Debra Maggart, lead House sponsor; our friends at Tennessee Right to Life; and all of you who for years have campaigned for pro-life candidates, sent e-mails and made phone calls. Today was a victory for life and for the people of Tennessee.

Now the real campaign starts—to make sure SJR 127 passes on the ballot in 2014! Don’t be lulled into thinking it will be easy in the face of opposition from national organizations like Planned Parenthood and the A.C.L.U.