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A Chapter Closes

May 19, 2009

As of last night, the current chapter of Tennessee history regarding SJR0127 is closing …..and the ending is good! The bill passed the House without any new amendments. The official summary of the bill at http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/billinfo/BillSummaryArchive.aspx?BillNumber=SJR0127&ga=106 states this:

*SJR 0127 by *Black, Gresham, Southerland, Crowe, Overbey, Faulk, Woodson, Yager, Stanley, Burchett, Beavers, Ketron, Tracy, Ramsey, Johnson, Norris, McNally, Watson, Henry, Bunch.

Constitutional Amendments – Adds new provision to Article I to provide that nothing in Constitution of Tennessee secures or protects right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion; states that the people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother. –

Fiscal Summary

Increase State Expenditures – Not Significant

Bill Summary

ON MARCH 16, 2009, THE SENATE
COMPLETED THE FIRST READING OF SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 127.

ON MARCH 19, 2009, THE SENATE
COMPLETED THE SECOND READING OF SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 127.

ON MARCH 23, 2009, THE SENATE
COMPLETED THE THIRD READING OF SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 127 AND ADOPTED SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 127.

ON MAY 11, 2009, THE HOUSE
ADOPTED AMENDMENT #1 AND COMPLETED THE FIRST READING OF SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 127, AS AMENDED.

AMENDMENT #1 removes the provision for publication by means of posting on the Secretary of State’s Web site.

ON MAY 14, 2009, THE HOUSE
COMPLETED THE SECOND READING OF SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 127, AS AMENDED.

ON MAY 18, 2009, THE HOUSE
COMPLETED THE THIRD READING OF SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 127, AS AMENDED, AND CONCURRED IN SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION, AS AMENDED.

I haven’t yet found anything definitive about the future steps needed, but do know that this step is highly significant. Praise God!

Please check the list at http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/BillVotesArchive.aspx?ChamberVoting=H&BillNumber=SJR0127&ga=106 showing how each Representative voted, and considering letting your Rep. know what you think of his/her vote.

While working on this post, I received an email from FACTN with a link that led to a recap of the events in the House chamber. I won’t copy the whole article here, just the part about what is ahead. But please do go to the site and read about the events.

The Majority Finally Speaks

May 19, 2009

by David Fowler

Since 2001, Senate Joint Resolution 127 has languished in a House subcommittee. But last night life and vitality was breathed into the resolution that would allow the people of Tennessee to vote on whether our state constitution should once again be neutral on the issue of abortion right. Last night it became clear that a small minority of the House had thwarted their colleagues long enough. The results were beyond surprising. Some might even say that death was swallowed up in victory.

. . .

Yesterday’s vote, while exciting and encouraging to the pro-life community that has labored so long just to get a vote in the House, is not the end of the issue. The General Assembly that is elected in 2010 will have to vote on the Resolution again. And it must get at least 66 votes. Then, if the Resolution receives the required number of votes, there will be a two-year public education campaign to make sure the amendment passes when on the ballot in 2014.

. . .

Sobering thought: To get on the ballot, a constitutional amendment Resolution must be passed twice, once by a majority, and then, after an intervening general election, by two-thirds. But it can only go on the ballot in years when there is a Governor’s race.

So consider this: This resolution has always had the support of a majority of Representatives. There is no doubt that a majority vote could have been achieved in the last session. Had that happened, that combined with today’s vote means that the Resolution would be on the ballot next year. But because Rep. Naifeh’s committee appointments made sure it was killed over the years, now the Resolution cannot go on the ballot until 2014!

Source: http://www.factn.org/righttolife/majorityfinallyspeaks_051909.htm

Keep in mind, the David Fowler is a former Senator in the Tennessee legislature, so he should know what he is talking about in terms of the process of moving forward. For now, the resolution has gone as far as it can go. If I understand correctly, it cannot be introduced again until the 2010 election is finished. That means to pay attention to those Senate and House races and to do everything you can to help elect legislators who will support SJR0127 and similar bills to defend innocent human life.

And finally, please remember to thank our Lord for this long-awaited progress! In Him, all things are possible!!!

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