- Demonstrators gathered outdoors the brand new Fred D. Thompson U.S. Courthouse on Church Road in Nashville.
- They gathered to protest in opposition to the prospect the 1973 Roe v. Wade choice could possibly be overturned.
- A draft U.S. Supreme Courtroom opinion leaked this week suggests the courtroom is poised to overturn the landmark choice.
Tennesseans on either side of the abortion debate reacted with ardour on Tuesday to the information in regards to the U.S. Supreme Courtroom’s potential choice to overturn Roe v Wade.
“It isn’t proper, it isn’t proper,” exclaimed Brianna Perry at a protest joined by tons of Tuesday night in entrance of the brand new Fred D. Thompson U.S. Courthouse and Federal Constructing alongside Church Road in Nashville.
Perry, co-executive director of Wholesome & Free Tennessee, a reproductive rights nonprofit, was one in all a number of audio system who spoke in opposition to the information that the U.S. Supreme Courtroom would possibly rule in favor of a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks of being pregnant, successfully reversing prior courtroom choices permitting larger abortion entry.
The U.S. Supreme Courtroom is anticipated to launch its choice by June, however Politico reported Monday that draft opinion reveals the nation’s highest courtroom is ready to overturn Roe. If the Supreme courtroom overturns Roe, a 2019 Tennessee “set off regulation” would take impact, banning abortions within the state.
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Marginalized residents within the state “can be successfully prohibited from accessing abortion” with Tennessee’s set off ban, Perry instructed the protesters. Earnings, immigration standing or legal historical past would possibly all be obstacles for residents searching for abortion who would want to journey out of state to obtain the medical care.
“The battle for abortion entry is deeply tied to abolition,” Perry stated.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper joined the protest. “I stand with all of you at the moment in assist of girls’s healthcare and importantly, a lady’s proper to decide on,” he stated. “Nashville is a healthcare capital and in Nashville, we’re a welcoming metropolis.”
In the meantime, a block away, leaders of the Southern Baptist Conference held a Zoom gathering Tuesday afternoon to precise assist for the draft opinion.
“Permit this majority opinion on the Supreme Courtroom to face agency on the aspect of life,” prayed Brent Leatherwood, appearing president of the Ethics and Spiritual Liberty Fee, the SBC’s public coverage arm.
The ERLC has been an lively power in efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade. Different Southern Baptist leaders joined Leatherwood in main prayers, together with SBC President Ed Litton and Willie McLaurin, interim president and CEO of the SBC Govt Committee.
Gov. Invoice Lee struck an analogous tone in an announcement, saying Tennessee’s set off regulation will “supply a glimmer of redemption as America reconciles our troubled previous.”
Liam Adams covers faith for The Tennessean. Attain him at email@example.com or on Twitter @liamsadams.