Historic Senate Vote Open to Public

Years of work by hundreds of pro-life Tennesseans will culminate this Monday in a historic vote by the state Senate on pro-life SJR 127—a resolution calling for a public vote on the restoration of common sense pro-life protections stripped away by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2000.
The most critical question, however, is whether or not pro-abortion activists will succeed in keeping the hostile Herron-Clabough amendment on the pro-life resolution. Pro-life leaders strongly oppose the pro-abortion Herron-Clabough amendment because it renders the resolution meaningless by allowing activist judges to continue determining Tennessee’s abortion policy rather than the people or the legislature. A vote to remove the hostile Herron-Clabough amendment is expected to be extremely close —perhaps as close as one vote!
Pro-life Tennesseans should immediately contact their own state senator and urge strong support for SJR 127 without the gutting Herron-Clabough amendment.
In recent days, pro-abortion activists—emboldened by support from the Governor’s office—have increased their presence, visibility and opposition. SJR 127 is being actively opposed by Governor Bredesen, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the TN Women’s Political Caucus, League of Women Voters, Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and others.

Tennessee Right to Life encourages pro-life supporters to attend Monday’s critical vote if at all possible. The session begins at 5:00 p.m. (cst) and pro-abortion groups are asking their members to arrive early to fill the seats. A large show of support by either side could mean the difference between passage or defeat of SJR 127.
The state senate meets on the second floor of the state capitol building on Charlotte Avenue, downtown Nashville. Ground level entrance to the Legislature and capitol is accessible at the corner of Union Street and 6th Avenue North. Upon entering the building, turn right and proceed down the main hall ending at escalators to the capital. Take the escalator, continue down hall to elevators and proceed to the second floor. Public seating is available in galleries above the senate floor and a photo id is required.
Paid parking is available at the Sheraton on 7th Avenue North and in lots at the corner of 7th Avenue and Church Street. For more information, contact Tennessee Right to Life toll free 1-877-CHOOSE LIFE (1-877-246-6735) or info@tnrtl.org.

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