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If the Tennessee House passes the state constitutional amendment, a state Supreme Court ruling in 2000 asserting that abortion is a protected right would become void.

The amendment states: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.”

This measure has passed in the Senate three times, but has not yet passed in the House.

[, 1-31-08; EF News & Notes, 1Feb08]