He was one of the top drivers ever on the NASCAR racing circuit and now he’s leading another race — the race to approve pro-life Amendment 1 in Tennessee.
Darrell Waltrip has agreed to take on the role as honorary chairman of the Yes on 1 campaign, which supports the pro-life amendment necessary to amend the Tennessee Constitution in order to pass any of a number of key pro-life laws that could save babies from abortions.
“As Christian parents and Tennesseans, we are grieved to know that our beloved state has become an abortion destination. There are so many reasons we all love Tennessee and respect for God’s gift of life should be at the top of the list,” Waltrip said in a statement LifeNews obtained. “That’s why we’re giving our strongest support to the campaign to win pro-life Amendment 1. By voting YES on 1 we can restore common sense protections for the unborn and for abortion-vulnerable women and girls. We can prevent tax dollars from being used for abortion and we can insist that abortion facilities be licensed and inspected like any other surgical center.”
Waltrip concluded: “We urge you to take a stand and to join with us to support God’s gift of life. On November 4th, please vote YES on 1.”
In November, Tennesseans will be asked to vote on an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution which, rather than promoting an abortion ban or any other specific legislative agenda, overturns a radical 2000 pro-abortion decision by the Tennessee Supreme Court and restores to the people of Tennessee the right to determine state laws and policies on matters affecting human life.
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Amendment 1 says: “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.”
Tennessee Right to Life president Brian Harris has told LifeNews:
- The Tennessee Supreme Court was wrong when it ruled that Tennessee’s Constitution includes a fundamental right to abortion and required that common sense protections be struck from Tennessee’s law;
- Tennesseans cannot be required to fund elective abortions;
- It is the people of Tennessee and our elected state legislators who should decide Tennessee’s abortion laws, including the difficult circumstances when a mother’s life is at risk or when abuse or crimes have occurred.
It’s unfortunate that pro-life Tennesseans and our elected officials have to devote the time, energy and resources to reclaim from activist judges the right and ability to enact legal safeguards and protections for our state’s most innocent and vulnerable.