August 2nd, Potter Steward Courthouse
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 27, 2017 (Cincinnati, OH): From our friends at Students for Life of America; contact Brenna Lewis:
Planned Parenthood doesn’t need a win… am I right?
Please join the #prolifegen in our peaceful presence at the Cincinnati courthouse on August 2nd, urging the committee to make the right decision and uphold Tennesseans’ decision to reject abortion.
WHEN: August 2nd, 8am-11am EST
WHERE: Potter Stewart Courthouse, 100 E Fifth Street, Cincinnati OH 45202
WHAT: Protest PP’s challenge of TN Amendment 1
WHY: To show our support for Tennessee’s pro-life Amendment 1. Losing it would mean no more 48-Hour Waiting Period, Informed Consent, or inspection requirements for abortion facilities. WHO: Everyone. You don’t have to be a TN resident to show your support for pro-life legislation; we want to end abortion everywhere!
*Why is it in Cincinnati?
This is the courthouse for the 6th circuit, which runs from Tennessee to Michigan.
You’ll get to make a stand for life… & you’ll also get an SFLA t-shirt and a sign!
Yes on 1: Planned Parenthood Challenges Pro-Life Amendment On November 4, 2014, Tennessee voters approved passage of pro-life Amendment 1 to the Tennessee Constitution by a margin of 53-47 percent. Three days later, Planned Parenthood Board Chair, Tracey E. George and other Planned Parenthood Board members filed a federal lawsuit claiming that their voting rights had been violated and that ballots were not properly counted.
It’s been more than 2-1/2 years since Tennesseans approved pro-life Amendment 1, which states: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.” Now, oral arguments have been set in a lawsuit brought by these Planned Parenthood abortion activists challenging the outcome of the 2014 election.
Planned Parenthood will argue that votes should only have been counted if the voter cast in both the amendment and governor elections. However, to discount a vote by someone for or against Amendment 1 who did not also cast a vote for governor would violate federal voting rights and First Amendment rights.
Basically, if 100,000 people voted in the Governor’s race, you need 50,001 votes for Yes on Amendment 1. But you don’t have to vote in the governor’s race to vote yes on Amendment 1. So your vote is worth more on the amendment if you don’t vote in the Governor’s race, because you add to one total without adding to the other.
This is how amendments in TN have always been done. For PP to suddenly challenge the precedent is a sham. Everyone knew the rules going in. They had plenty of time to challenge it beforehand on those grounds.
TN has historically been a very conservative state on abortion. In the year 2000, the TN supreme court effectively created a “right to abortion,” claiming that this “right” was found in the TN constitution. They struck down pro-life legislation, and the legislature has been powerless for years. But they worked super-hard to overcome this egregious ruling with a strategic amendment presented in 2014.
Amendment 1 didn’t even make any pro-life laws; it just restored the neutrality of the TN constitution in regards to abortion. Since it was passed, TN legislators have been able to pass common sense laws like informed consent, a 48-hour waiting period and the requirement that abortion facilities be licensed and inspected by the Tennessee Department of Health. THIS is why it’s so important to defend Amendment 1. Reverting back to a pro-abortion state would reverse these great pro-life advancements.
Attendees will meet outside the courthouse entrance. We plan to have a group of 10 or so inside of the courthouse, and the rest outside (all wearing the same provided t-shirt and holding signs). Their session starts at 9:00am, and the case in question is #5 to be heard.
*Plans are subject to change.
* All persons entering the courthouse will be required to walk through security and show a photo ID.
* All belongings will be required to pass through an x-ray machine and are subject to a search.
* Cell phones may be used in the public hallways so long as such use does not disrupt courtroom or other official proceedings.
Appalachian Regional Coordinator
Students for Life of America
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