Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Legislature OKs Bill To Limit Rights in Tennessee

Sad to see the state pushing forward with plans to amend the state constitution and limit the rights of women. Worse, to see my own representative, John Litz of Morristown, vote for this needless amendment. (SJR127).

If it is approved in the next legislative session, it will be a weird item on the ballot in 2014 for state voters - how will the proposal be presented to voters? Most likely, given the recent sweeping changes to county election commissions turning them into Republican-led offices, it will be presented incorrectly and will continue to politicize legal abortions as heinous crimes. And aiming cultural fire at a woman's right to chose and the state's duty to protect those rights - that was surely the goal here.

Using this bill to howl and proclaim a moral high ground is a sham.

There's this bit from SJR127 I find quite interesting: "
the people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes ..."

That seems in conflict with the first sentence of our state constitution, which gives rights to "people" first and no mention of elected officials:

Sec. 1. That all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; for the advancement of those ends they have at all times, an unalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper."

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