Tennessee politics behind the scenes
Q: If you were a lawyer again, what would you want to accomplish as a future feminist legal agenda?JUSTICE GINSBURG: Reproductive choice has to be straightened out. There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. The states that had changed their abortion laws before Roe [to make abortion legal] are not going to change back. So we have a policy that affects only poor women, and it can never be otherwise, and I don’t know why this hasn’t been said more often.Q: Are you talking about the distances women have to travel because in parts of the country, abortion is essentially unavailable, because there are so few doctors and clinics that do the procedure? And also, the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women?JUSTICE GINSBURG: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae — in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn’t really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong.Q: When you say that reproductive rights need to be straightened out, what do you mean?JUSTICE GINSBURG: The basic thing is that the government has no business making that choice for a woman.Q: Does that mean getting rid of the test the court imposed, in which it allows states to impose restrictions on abortion — like a waiting period — that are not deemed an “undue burden” to a woman’s reproductive freedom?JUSTICE GINSBURG: I’m not a big fan of these tests. I think the court uses them as a label that accommodates the result it wants to reach. It will be, it should be, that this is a woman’s decision. It’s entirely appropriate to say it has to be an informed decision, but that doesn’t mean you can keep a woman overnight who has traveled a great distance to get to the clinic, so that she has to go to some motel and think it over for 24 hours or 48 hours.I still think, although I was much too optimistic in the early days, that the possibility of stopping a pregnancy very early is significant. The morning-after pill will become more accessible and easier to take. So I think the side that wants to take the choice away from women and give it to the state, they’re fighting a losing battle. Time is on the side of change.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Half truths again Stacey?
SENATOR CAMPFIELD, IT WAS GREAT SEEING YOU, ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER TENNESSEE STATE LEGISLATORS, PARTICIPATING IN TENNESSEE RIGHT TO LIFE'S ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE TODAY!THANKS SO VERY MUCH FOR COMING OUT AND STANDING WITH THOSE OF US WHO BELIEVE THAT THE RIGHT TO LIFE IS THE MOST BASIC, MOST PRECIOUS RIGHT OF ALL! I KNOW IT WAS A COLD DAY TO BE OUT WALKING SUCH A LONG DISTANCE!MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS AND YOUR CONTINUED EFFORTS IN DEFENSE OF OUR MOST PRECIOUS CITIZENS, WHO ARE UNABLE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES, THE UNBORN.I KNOW I SPEAK FOR COUNTLESS TENNESSEANS, WHEN I SAY THANKS SO VERY MUCH!
What happened to small govt? The cornerstone of republican over reach into private citizens lives. I speak for countless Tennesseans who say mind your own business.
Anonymous, Senator Campfield is standing up for what the majority of Tennesseans believe - that to take the life of an innocent child, developing in in the womb, is murder. It is a deeply disordered and evil act. Tennessee is actually known as a go-to state for abortion on demand, because our laws are so much more permissive than in bordering states. This needs to change!We Americans value our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, along with so many other wonderful rights we have. The right to life is the most basic, most valuable of all of these rights, as without that right, none of the others matter.I'm so glad you were born. I'm so glad your mother gave you the precious gift of life. Won't you please give it some more thought?
The majority of Tennesseans do not believe in an abortion ban-period. Yes, most concede that at point of fetus viability there should be some restrictions.Americans value freedom above everything. Freedom of choice is the very foundation on which this country was founded-irony. I accept your right to choose what you do with your body, but how in the world can you determine what is best for mine. Really simple, live free or die. Please think about that.
And where is the right of the baby to live free? Their only choice is to die.
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