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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Tennessee Senate Approves Constitutional Referendum in 2010 on Abortion

Last Thursday the Tennessee Senate approved legislation that would allow a statewide constitutional referendum in 2010 to ratify new constitutional language that reads: "Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion." The measure passed on a bipartisan vote of 24-9.  In 2000, the Tennessee Supreme Court had struck down a series of abortion restrictions found in Tennessee law. However, some observers contend that in those rulings the court suggested that the Tennessee Constitution contains a stronger, implicit right to privacy than the United States Supreme Court has recognized in the United States Constitution. Source: The For the complete story, please click here (last visited March 15, 2006, reo).

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