Mary Lynn Snyder 
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Re: “Amendment to Tennessee Constitution Threatens Abortion Access

Patricia Ladd-Warner, I'm afraid your comment sounds too much like an out of the box, carefully crafted, and overly emotionalized "Vote Yes on #1" propaganda. You certainly pushed all the buttons...especially with your, " Cute little fingers and toes, and perfect little ears." If you're not being disingenuous, why in the world did you ask or agree to see what you expected to be a "blob of tissue?" Did that nurse, whom you portray as a bumbling, ill-informed health professional, talk you into that too? Where was the doctor and what role did he play in preparing you for all of your abortion drama? Yes, planting the idea that abortion counseling is careless at best and less professional at worst than any other health counseling is pure bull excrement and part of the propaganda behind the Vote Yes agenda.

As for your ludicrous tonsillectomy analogy, the two most common medical reasons for this procedure are recurrent tonsillitis and sleep disorders associated with enlarged tonsils....both of which have medical criteria that are well documented over a course of time before a surgical solution is determined to be medically necessary. Once that determination is made and the doctor consults with the patient and/or the patient's guardians, surgery can be scheduled as soon as that day if the surgeon and operating room facilities are available. There is no mandatory waiting period and the surgery is strictly a doctor/patient decision.

Technically, you're correct that Roe vs. Wade is the federal law of the land and the supremacy rule prevails. While no state law can override a federal law, it can make the federal law more restrictive but never less restrictive. All of us would have to be living under a rock in the Mohave Desert not to know what Amendment #1 is poised to do. State legislature by ignorant state legislature is trying to make obtaining a legal abortion so restrictive that, in effect, they will be banned but still skimming just under the surface of Roe vs. Wade. And, of course, we know what is looming on the horizon....anti-abortion legislatures are mounting a SCOTUS attack on Roe vs. Wade.

Bottom line is that pregnancy is a women's health issue first and foremost and state legislatures have no more business impeding or restricting a woman's access to quality health care than they do with any other doctor/patient course of treatment. For the life of me I can't understand why the same "less government in our personal lives" crowd shelves that agenda when it comes to poking, prodding and legislating in the most private and intimate matters of a woman's personal life and health. The trend is nationwide and the Tennessee legislature has jumped on board with the same "think tank legislative crafters." Women are not second class citizens. Women are not ignorant or incapable of understanding the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy nor a medically performed abortion. Whatever the reasons, the decision must be left to the woman, her doctor and her own belief system. It's unconscionable that any legislative body would poise itself to mandate that an abortion would not be available in instances of incest, rape or for the woman's health. We DO NOT want or need the Tennessee legislature imposing its misguided, misleading and totally political agenda on us. I urge all thinking Tennessee voters, men and women, to VOTE NO ON #1.

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Posted by Mary Lynn Snyder on 09/10/2014 at 1:18 PM
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