Tennessee Mothers Seeking Abortions Have Fewer Protections Than Inmates


A condemned person on death row has the benefit of a judge, jury, and endless appeals which take years in most cases to decide. A baby in the womb at risk of abortion has no impartial judge or jury, no appeal process, and in Tennessee, not even a required waiting period to allow her death sentence to be overturned.

Inmates have health care provided under basic standards of care that govern penal facilities. They also have the right to informed consent which provides them with the information needed to proceed with or refuse medical treatment. Expectant mothers have no statutory protection requiring informed consent or basic sanitary and medical safeguards in Tennessee.

I think prisoners should have the legal process, protections and services they have. I believe mothers considering abortion should be treated at least as well through common-sense protections and full disclosure of health risks, so they can make informed decisions. And the unborn children deserve the chance to be treated with the basic human respect and dignity they deserve that all living people are granted by God.

What do you think?

Facts about abortion in TN are result of State Supreme Court decision in the case of Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee v. Sundquist. Such facts are why Tennessee is considered an abortion destination in the Mid-south. 3,000-4,000 abortions were provided to out-of-state abortion seekers according to the latest statistics.

Copyright (c) 2013 Glen Gaugh

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