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So it should come as no surprise that the nation leaned more pro-life on November 4th. Most notably, the people of Tennessee removed the right to an abortion from the state’s constitution, finally allowing a democratic approach to abortion legality.
Now Tennessee has three proposals up to bat:
- Mandatory waiting period for women seeking abortion
- Mandatory counseling (informed consent)
- Inspection requirements for abortion facilities
According to Gallup:
- 60% of pro-choicers and 79% of pro-lifers support waiting periods
- 86% of pro-choicers and 87% of pro-lifers support informed consent
If Tennessee is anything like the overall nation, these proposals will pass. The fact that TN needed a constitutional “right to abortion” to prevent restrictions from passing may remind you of a similar, yet larger-scale case of short-circuiting democracy: Roe v. Wade. For the past 40 years, the ruling of 7 justices has allowed the killing of preborn human beings at any stage of development based on privacy (oddly, though, women cannot murder their toddlers using the same rationale). And this overreach has not jived with the vast majority of Americans. For example, 79% of pro-choicers and 94% of pro-lifers want third-trimester abortions banned.