This election season has seen a number of ads that are real doozies in terms of flat-out lies and distortions. It’s no surprise, with the number of politicians who are struggling to keep their jobs, to see desperation tactics in widespread use. However, by far the most dishonest TV ad yet this election season doesn’t even concern a politician at all, it concerns Amendment 1 on the ballot in Tennessee this year.
Amendment 1 is very straightforward and simple. Several years ago, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that the Tennessee Constitution contained a right to privacy that was greater than the one embodied in the Federal Constitution and declared that all regulations on abortion were per se in violation of the Tennessee constitution – even including regulations that have passed with widespread support in other states, such as requiring abortion clinics to be licensed, to have a clinician on staff with admitting privileges at a local hospital, to be subject to health inspections, and to meet the same standards as other outpatient surgery clinics. The full text of the amendment is as follows:
Shall Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section:
Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.
That is it. Note as well that any regulation passed by the Tennessee legislature would still have to pass muster under the Federal constitution, which means that any substantive restriction on the actual practice of abortion itself would still be not allowed. However, the abortion industry is nothing if not fierce about the protection of their bottom line, even at the expense of women’s health, as the Gosnell clinic’s horror show nicely illustrated. Therefore they have rallied a number of useful idiots to donate to their cause to run some ads on television against Amendment 1. They are all (as you might expect) flatly dishonest and shameless but this latest bit of hackery (which, in an unhappy coincidence, features one of my professors from law school) really takes the cake:
The script of this ad (transcribed by me, …read more