During last night’s elections Tennessee passed Amendment 1, allowing regulations to be placed on the performance of abortions. I am in Tennessee right now and could not be more proud of this gorgeous state! Way to go, Tennessee ProLifers! I commend you for being active citizens, using your right to vote and taking a stand against unlimited abortion!
For those of you who don’t know, this is how the amendment reads:
“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, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.”
In a nutshell, the amendment makes the Tennessee Constitution NEUTRAL on the question of abortion being legal and taxpayers funding abortion. It doesn’t support, nor oppose it. It does however restore the Tennessee Constitution to where it was before the 2000 Tennessee Supreme Court Decision by “putting regulation of abortion back into the hands of the people through their elected representatives.”
And really, abortion SHOULD have regulations. Whether you support the practice or oppose it, it is a major decision that is life altering and can have major complications. Therefore, it needs to be regulated.
A 13 year old girl should NOT be able to walk into an abortion clinic and have the procedure done without her parents ever knowing. That’s ridiculous. You have to have parental consent to get your ears pierced in the mall, but in some states pregnant CHILDREN can walk into an abortion clinic and have their pregnancy terminated without anyone ever knowing.
The way I see it is, if an underage girl is seeking to terminate a pregnancy, her parents NEED to know. Not necessarily so they can stop her (although that is ideal in my opinion), but because if we give minors access to this so freely I can assure you, it will be abused. Young girls will be having abortions just to avoid getting punished or having their parents disappointed in them because of an unplanned pregnancy. It will ultimately be easier to just get an abortion than it would be for a girl to face her parents in a difficult situation. Pro-Choice advocates are whining about “women’s rights” being taken away (of course, no surprise there). Well what about our rights as parents?! Until my child is 18, I have the right to know what’s going on in his life and I will exercise that right. If more parents would, our world might be in better shape. But I digress…
Anyway, if you are from California, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont or Washington and have a young daughter, just know that she could have a doctor terminate a pregnancy without you ever knowing. That should make you sick. That SHOULD concern you. And that information came straight from Planned Parenthood’s website. Just think of all the young girls who have received abortions in these states without really knowing their other options or the repercussions of abortion (depression, regret, complications, etc). Think of all the young girls who have possibly gone through with this and are living with that secret when they should be focusing on homework and sleepovers. Parents SHOULD be informed in these situations so they can offer the child the kind of support and love during a trying time that they will most certainly not receive from Planned Parenthood. Afterall, to PP each abortion performed is just a step closer to filling their quota. (Yes, Planned Parenthood has an abortion quota, disgusting isn’t it?) These are CHILDREN, they are not ready to make such decisions like this for themselves. They are vulnerable and naive. The perfect prey for organizations such as Planned Parenthood.
It’s difficult enough to imagine a 13 year old becoming a mother, but two wrongs don’t make a right. What is needed in this situation is love, support, encouragement and guidance. Not termination. And I know I’m going to hear this: “my parent’s would have never supported me, telling them was not a choice.” But there are people out there wiling to talk to these girls and help them, just do a quick Google search of ProLife organizations and you will find many resources (see list at end of post). Also, there are SO MANY couples in America who are unable to have children who would love to give unwanted babies a chance at a life full of love.
Unlimited abortions and organizations like Planned Parenthood send the message, “do whatever you want sexually and don’t worry about what may happen, we can “fix” that.” That is not the message to send to the girls and women in our society. That is not EMPOWERING, that is DEGRADING. “Empowering” is a woman taking the proper steps to protect herself from unwanted pregnancy. “Empowering” is a young girl bravely facing her fears and talking to someone rather than running to the nearest abortionist.
Tennessee has taken a step forward in bettering society. But the fight isn’t over yet; don’t stop here! Prolifers, you must go out and WORK. You must reach out to those experiencing unplanned pregnancy and GIVE THEM LOVE. Don’t shun the next pregnant teenager or unwed pregnant woman you see, don’t make her feel afraid to talk to you, don’t pretend you are better than her. Reach out to her and tell her that she has other options, be active in helping her seek out those options. Be a guide for her, one that is loving and kind, understanding and wise, open hearted and genuine. Be a FRIEND. One by one you can stop abortions from happening and hopefully you will spark a fire and other states will follow Tennessee’s example.
Tonight, I’m going to spend a little extra time snuggling my sweet baby and praying for the unborn as well as for all of you.
Pro Life Organizations:
Abortion Alternatives & Crisis Pregnancy Center || aacpc.org || Bristol, Tennessee
Grace Pregnancy Resource Center || nashvillepregnancyhelp.com || Nashville, Tennessee
This is obviously a very short list, there are too many organizations to list them all. If you do a quick Google search of “pregnancy research center” you will find centers that are near you, numbers you can call, websites, etc…
You can also find a Pregnancy Help Center Near You by calling: 1.800.395.HELP -OR- 1.800.712.HELP
YOU MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN… abortionworker.com & attwn.org