Federal appeals court upholds Tennessee vote to remove right to abortion from state constitution

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld [text, PDF] a 2014 citizen vote to amend the state constitution to remove the right to abortion. The question before the court was not whether such a provision was constitutional, but whether the voting method used to ratify the amendment was consistent with Tennessee’s constitution. The challenged amendment states:Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion….

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