Duggar Family Rallies for Pro-Life Amendment on Abortion in Tennessee

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 9, 2013   |   4:34AM   |   Nashville, TN

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar of the popular TLC program “19 Kids and Counting” are taking a stand against Tennessee’s abortion policy, publicly campaigning for the Tennessee Abortion Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, which will be voted on during the November 2014 general election.
Their first stop will be the “Heartbeats for Life” event on Monday, Nov. 4, exactly one year before the vote, at Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tenn.

A Tennessee Supreme Court ruling in 2000 interpreted the state constitution to include greater protections for abortion than the United States Constitution. The proposed amendment would allow lawmakers to require a waiting period prior to an abortion, place greater restrictions on later-term abortions and draft rules on what doctors are required to tell women prior to an abortion.

The Duggars, known for their pro-life stance, support the amendment and will be keynote speakers at the “Heartbeats for Life” fundraiser sponsored by Heartbeat Haven pregnancy center on Nov. 4. Michelle Duggar comments, “We are so excited to be coming to help kick off the push to get Amendment 1 passed. Since the extremely liberal state Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the state of Tennessee cannot put any regulations on abortion, Tennessee has become an abortion procedure destination.”

She continues, “Most states acknowledge the need to give women vital information about the seriousness of their decision before they take the life of their baby. Tennessee does not even require parental consent, counseling beforehand, having a waiting period to think about it, or have minimal clinical standards. Veterinarian clinics for animals in Tennessee have higher standards in health and safety laws than there are for the abortion clinics involving human life. We must join together and end the baby holocaust that is taking place right here in Tennessee!”

Former Arkansas State Rep. Jim Bob Duggar adds, “We are asking the people of Tennessee to get behind and pass Amendment 1 which will allow the Tennessee state representatives and senators to establish basic laws to help protect women and their unborn babies. All proceeds raised at this event will be donated to Heartbeat Haven pregnancy center located in Lafayette, Tenn., home of the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the state!”

The evening will also include speaker Dr. Alveda King, niece of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; a musical performance by the Duggar family; a Duggar Family book signing and a live auction. For more information and tickets, visit: www.heartbeathaven.com.

About Heartbeat Haven

Heartbeat Haven is a nonprofit pregnancy center located in Lafayette, TN serving women facing crisis or unexpected pregnancies in Macon, Trousdale and Northeast Sumner Counties with material items, peer counseling, emotional support, pregnancy tests and parenting classes. All of our services are free regardless of race, religion, or economic status. It is our goal to come alongside these women in our communities and equip them with the skills and support necessary to raise their unborn child. For more information, visit: www.heartbeathaven.com.

About the Duggar family

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have been married for more than 29 years. To date they have been blessed with 19 children (10 boys and 9 girls): Joshua (and wife Anna), Jana and John-David (twins), Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah and Jeremiah (twins), Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn and Josie as well as three grand-Duggars–Mackynzie, Michael and Marcus. Also, Jim Bob served two terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999-2003 and was a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2002.

God has opened many doors for them to share that children are a blessing from the Lord! They have a weekly TLC reality show called “19 Kids and Counting” that airs in many countries throughout the world. Their family show is one of the longest-running on television, now in its tenth season. They have made numerous national and international television appearances and recently completed their second New York Times Best Seller, ” A Love That Multiplies.” The Duggar’s desire is for others to see that the Bible is the owner’s manual for life.