Why was a constitutional amendment necessary?

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With the wrong 2000 Tennessee Supreme Court finding of abortion as a fundamental right in the state Constitution, any laws passed by the legislature had to be very narrowly drafted in order to avoid being ruled unconstitutional.  As former Justice William Barker pointed out in his dissent, only by amending the Constitution could pro-life Tennesseans hope to positively influence public policy again.  (See Barker Dissent, Section II)


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