Coalition to Help Fight Anti-Abortion Amendment

Mar 12, 2013

Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville, District 13

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Members of a new coalition say they plan to assist with a statewide campaign to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment on abortion scheduled to be on the ballot next year.

That amendment would allow the state to enact laws requiring a 48-hour waiting period for abortions and requiring all but first-term abortions to be performed in hospitals.

Members of Healthy and Free Tennessee spoke to reporters at a news conference yesterday. Rep. Gloria Johnson, a Knoxville Democrat, was one of the event’s speakers.

“Tennessee is number 44 in women’s health. I think that’s a dire situation and I think remedy that. There’s a lot of ways we can do that, and of course that’s going to include reproductive health and everything else; all of those things."

Earlier this month, Republican sponsors of a measure that would have required abortion providers to perform an ultrasound and show or describe it to a woman seeking an abortion decided to withdraw the legislation and support the constitutional amendment.