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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Tennessee Ballot Measure Stripping Right to Abortion from State Constitution

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Tennessee Ballot Measure Stripping Right to Abortion from State Constitution

A federal appeals court upheld the state of Tennessee’s 2014 vote in favor of a ballot measure that removed the right to an abortion from the state’s constitution.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the ballot amendment known as Amendment 1 — which won by a 53 percent margin — by a 3-0 opinion.

Following the appeals court’s decision, Tennessee state Rep. Jimmy Matlock (R) announced he is drafting legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood facilities throughout the state.

“A false narrative exists in Tennessee that Planned Parenthood doesn’t receive Tennessee taxpayer dollars,” he said, as reported by governing.com.

State lawmakers voted in 2011 to divert federal Title X family planning funds from Planned Parenthood to the state Department of Health.

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