Fight Over TN Abortion Measure Continues in Two Courts

From The Tennessean, December 25, 2015

More than a year after Tennessee voters approved a measure limiting abortion rights, a legal challenge to its passage is taking an unusual turn.

A Williamson County judge has agreed to make a “speedy” decision about whether votes for and against abortion measure Amendment 1 in November 2014 were counted correctly.

His decision has the potential to complicate and perhaps even derail a year-long effort in federal court to overturn one of Tennessee’s most controversial and expensive ballot measures. Amendment 1, approved by 53 percent of the vote, adds these words to the state constitution:

“Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.”

Its passage has led to a trio of new abortion laws, including new regulations for clinics and physicians as well as a mandatory 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion.

Read more on the Tennessean website.