By Jonathon Van Maren
The National Post is reporting a significant victory for pro-lifers in Tennessee:
In a victory for opponents of abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a case that has made it easier to restrict abortion in Tennessee.
Abortion-rights supporters had hoped to overturn a 2014 change to the state constitution, which added language saying nothing in the document “secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.”
The change was approved by 53 per cent of voters, but the plaintiffs argued the state’s method of counting votes was unfair and allowed voters to game the system.
A federal judge agreed in 2016, calling the vote-counting system unconstitutional. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that decision in January.
Monday’s denial by the U.S. Supreme Court leaves the constitutional amendment intact.
On the heels of Jerry Brown’s decision to veto California legislation that would have provided free abortion pills on university campuses and a pro-life victory in Louisiana last month, the political scoreboard is looking very good for pro-lifers at the moment.
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