Here in my home state of Tennessee, there’s not much of interest statewide on the ballot. Incumbent Republican governor Bill Haslam and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Lamar AlexanderSenate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard48% are expected to cruise to easy victories. None of the U.S. House races are expected to generate any huge surprises. Even most of the state legislature races are comparatively quiet. But there are still important ballot measures that should drive conservative Tennessee voters to the polls tomorrow.
The first and most important of these is Amendment 1. Amendment 1 touches on abortion and thus has been the subject of some of the most dishonest campaigning of this entire election season. What Amendment 1 actually does is extremely simple and should be non-controversial, but for the powerful and well-funded abortion lobby.
Virtually everywhere in the country, if you go to an outpatient surgery center for a day surgery – say, for instance, to have a hernia repaired or to have your gall bladder removed – the surgery center in question will be subject to regulation by your state’s Department of Health. They will be periodically inspected for cleanliness and compliance with codes and regulations, and they will be required to comply with certain directives, such as ensuring that hallways are wide enough to accommodate stretchers, etc. Likewise, they will usually be required to have physicians on staff who have admitting privileges at hospitals within a certain distance so that in case of complications, patients can be immediately admitted rather than trying to call around and find a doctor who will take the patient in question at the hospital.
However, thanks to absurd Supreme Court jurisprudence and a powerful and well funded lobby, for many years the abortion industry – which is a subspecies of the outpatient surgery clinic, from a medical standpoint – has escaped virtually any health-related scrutiny. When the curtain was finally raised on the carnival of horrors that took place inside Kermit Gosnell’s abortion butcher shop, however, states around the country began to understand that maybe it would be a good idea to regulate abortion clinics just like other outpatient surgery clinics, for the sake of preserving the health and safety of women (which is the stated goal of the abortion industry to begin with).
Predictably, however, the abortion industry has fought tooth and nail …read more