Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Tennessee's Women-Hating Abortion Bill - SJR127 - Is Back!

Tennessee's women-hating lawmakers are at it again. Trying to put an anti-choice amendment into the state constitution is a yearly ritual for lawmakers in Tennessee. This year the famed SJR127 is sponsored by Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Diane Black of Gallatin.

As the ritual goes, the measure passes in the rabidly conservative senate and fails in a pro choice committee in the House.

The rightwing effort to control women reads, "Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion." (pdf]

There are no provisions for women who are raped, women who are victims of incest, or for women whose life is threatened by carrying a child to term.

If that's not the definition of misogyny, I don't know what is.

These are the Tennessee legislators who have signed on to this women-hating bill: Beavers, Stanley, Southerland, Ketron, Woodson, Watson, Crowe, McNally, Norris, Finney R., Tracy, Johnson, Bunch, Kilby, Williams, Henry, Burchett, and Ramsey [Ramsey is the Republican who Rosalind Kurita (Democratic Traitor-Clarksville) voted for].

The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, but has not yet been placed on the calendar. [via C. E. Petro ]

Contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to vote no when the bill comes before them. If you get a response, send it to me. Committee members -- Mae Beavers, Chair; Doug Jackson, Vice-Chair; Jamie Woodson, Secretary; Diane Black; Shea Flinn; Jim Kyle; Mark Norris; Paul Stanley; and John Wilder.

Photo by Jesse, NOW protest at the Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee, 2005, [which was snubbed by the Tennessean].