Tennessee state House lawmakers have advanced a resolution to fly flags at half-staff on January 22 each year in memory of the tens of millions unborn babies who have been killed in abortions under Roe v. Wade. The House ultimate voted for the resolution 72-20.
The mourning day will be known as the “Day of Tears,” and the measure suggests that Tennesseans should mourn the lives of tens of millions of babies who were killed in abortions.
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court forced states to legalize abortion on demand through Roe v. Wade. Since then, more than 63 million unborn babies have been aborted, including about 1 million annually.
Lawmakers in Ohio, Idaho, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Mississippi and South Carolina have introduced similar “Day of Tears” resolutions.
The Idaho state House has approved its resolution and sponsor Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, talked about why she introduced it.
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“We are creating a day of remembrance,” Ehardt told her fellow lawmakers. “This isn’t a cheap ploy; this is about putting us in a position to remember, and in our own way, doing something about it.”
“This resolution seeks to honor and help us remember those that have passed on,” Ehardt says. “It is another way to remind us of a wrong that we have an opportunity coming up hopefully in the next six months to make right.”
In December, the Supreme Court heard a Mississippi challenge to Roe v. Wade that could allow states to ban abortions or, at the very least, enact more limits, such as an abortion ban after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
If the court grants Mississippi’s request, experts estimate as many as 26 states would ban abortions and hundreds of thousands of babies would be spared from violent abortion deaths every year across America.
A ruling is expected in June.
Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans oppose abortion on demand and support strong legal protections for unborn babies. A new Vinea Research/Students for Life poll found 52 percent of millennials support banning all or most abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. That is up from 47 percent who supported a heartbeat abortion ban in 2021.