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Pro-lifers are celebrating today's big legislative victory even as we speak at a luncheon across the street from the Capitol. All the Republican stars are here--Ron Ramsey, Zach Wamp and even Marsha Blackburn! In the opening prayer, they praised Jesus for the "award-winning historical moment" in the House committee that passed SJR127 this morning. Then they recited the Pledge of Allegiance, changing it a little at the end to make it "with liberty and justice for all, born and unborn
." Maybe we need a resolution to add this officially to the Pledge of Allegiance forever. It could be SJR128.
Talking with reporters, Wamp repeated the pro-life myth that abortion "on demand" now is legal.
"I'm encouraged by what's happened in the General Assembly because it's the beginning of the process to allow Tennessee to customize our laws and that would be pleasing in the sight of Tennesseans. I'd say most Tennesseans oppose abortion, and so most Tennesseans would like to see us have state laws that are upheld constitutionally that do not allow abortion on demand carte blanche. Of course, Roe v. Wade is the ultimate decider in this, so it's a Supreme Court issue. But states can customize those laws on a variety of issues relative abortion. This is just the beginning but it gives us hope."