Abortion Activists Call Volunteer State Pro-Lifers the “Tennessee Taliban”

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 28, 2014   |   10:22AM   |   Nashville, TN

Pro-life advocates in Tennessee are working hard to promote Amendment 1, which would mitigate the far-reaching effects of state court decisions preventing the passage of virtually any pro-life law to stop or limit abortions.

tennessee2Seeking to demonize those pro-life people and rally abortion backers to oppose Amendment 1, a political group calling itself “Tennesseans for Preservation of Personal Privacy, Inc.” paid for large ads to be placed in papers across the state on Sunday. Each ad refers to pro-life Amendment 1 as the “Tennessee Taliban Amendment” and urges voters to vote NO.

Brian Harris of Tennessee Right to Life alerted LifeNews to the ads.

“Among misrepresentations are wrong claims that Amendment 1 will somehow “control” birth control and in vitro fertilization,” he said. “In fact, Amendment 1 is brought in response to a radical decision by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2000 which established a so-called “fundamental right to abortion” in the Tennessee Constitution.”

Harris explained that Amendment 1 does not enact any particular policy but rather, neutralizes the Court’s 2000 decision and restores to the people the ability to again deliberate and decide what Tennessee’s laws should be on the life and death matter of abortion.

tennessee3The amendment states, in part, “the people retain the right…to enact, amend or repeal statutes regarding abortion…”



“It is unfortunate that pro-abortion opponents of Amendment 1 have chosen to open their campaign in such an offensive manner,” said Jennifer Hicks, spokeswoman for Yes on 1. “Taliban rule relates to rape, slavery, murder, and brutal degradation of women, not to social policy debates in the state of Tennessee. Those placing the ad should apologize to Tennesseans but especially to those refugees in our state who have been the victims of such cruel regimes.”