Tommy Crangle Supports Constitutional Amendment #1

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tommy Crangle, State House candidate for Tennessee’s 27th District, Monday said he supports Governor Bill Haslam’s commitment to work this fall to pass an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would grant state lawmakers more authority in regulating abortions. 

Mr. Crangle said, “At the current time, beauty salons are more regulated than abortion facilities, and data that I have seen shows that women from other states are coming to Tennessee to have unregulated abortions.   We have effectively absolved ourselves of any responsibility to inform these women or even make safe the facilities being used.  That is irresponsible.” 

Tennessee’s Constitution bars other laws that neighboring states have enacted including waiting periods, bans on later trimester abortions and required ultrasounds.  According to a recent USA Today article, more than one in four abortions in Tennessee were sought by women from out of state.

“I want to thank those legislators who worked so hard to get SJR127 through the General Assembly and on the ballot," said Mr. Crangle.  "Because I believe that life begins at conception, I will continue to be a strong voice in support of innocent life in Tennessee.  Voters will never wonder where I stand on this issue.”

If Amendment #1 passes, a few lines of text will be added to the Tennessee Constitution specifying that the “right to privacy” should not deprive an in-utero baby of its rights.  It will also allow other laws to be enforceable, including laws to:  ensure women who are considering abortions know about threats to health; protect taxpayers from paying for birth control abortions; force abortion facilities to adhere to safety regulations; and enact a 24-hour waiting period to prevent abortion-on-demand.

“I am glad that Governor Haslam supports this amendment," said Mr. Crangle.  "I believe Amendment #1 will ultimately result in better information and a higher level of safety for those considering abortion.  Certainly, taxpayers who oppose their tax monies being used for abortions will have more of a say in defending Life.  I hope all Tennesseans will vote yes on #1." 

Mr. Crangle, a professional engineer and former TVA executive, is on the ballot for the Aug. 7 election. Early voting begins, Friday, July 18.

Tennessee House District 27 includes Soddy Daisy, Falling Water, Red Bank, Mowbray, Signal and Lookout Mountains, Lookout Valley and Walden.

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