Tennessee’s Life Defense Act of 2012 Eliminates Itself

Tennessee’s Life Defense Act of 2012 Eliminates ItselfPhoto of Rep Matthew Hill in 2008 by Bee Cliff River Slob
Remember this little Amendment? “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. – 14th Amendment, Section 1.

That was a great amendment. Good times. Gooood times.

Anyhow, it’s 2012 and who needs amendments anymore, especially an old one like that? I mean it’s soooo old. Like 1868 old!

So that’s got to be the reason why the Tennessee Republicans volunteered their time to figure out a way to knock that 14th Amendment down a few pegs. Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, was sponsoring a genius little bill called the Life Defense Act of 2012. Sounds great doesn’t it? We gonna defend some lives! Right? Awesome! I am sooo ready for this. I got a grenade in my pocket and my cammy’s on. Good to go!

Okay just kidding.

The original bill required the Department of Health to publicly post forms doctors routinely fill out and sign for each abortion as well as demographic details about a woman who obtained an abortion, including her age, marital status, race, number of previous abortions, and county of residence, which could potentially identify her, particularly if she lives in a small or rural community.

The bill has now been stripped of these provisions, not because they’re downright insane. But because Rep. Hill is claiming that opponents are spreading lies about the bill, slandering his reputation and inciting threats of violence against him. The only provision left is one stating that doctors need to admitting privileges at area hospitals.

“Their categorization of me as a terrorist, murderer or more has been used by their leftist friends to engender hatred and incite the threat of violence against me.

“I have referred those threats to the proper authorities,” he said.

You have? Really? Prove it. Which authorities? We the people should know about every threat of violence or incitation of the threat of violence expressed toward you. Those authorities should post police reports on their website for the public to see. Right? Guilty until proven innocent? Trial by internet? That’s a great idea.


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Deborah Brancheau is the Managing Editor of RestoringTruthiness.org, a political comedy website inspired by the political satire of Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Deborah's background is a smörgåsbord of experience. With a bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Theatre and a Minor in Cinema/Television, and a Master's Degree in Communication from the University of Southern California, Deborah took her heavily student-loan-funded education and became a sports-writing, high-school-teaching, graphic-designing, university-professing, broke-bum bastard. When that didn't work out too well, she refunneled her expertise into this new venture, RestoringTruthiness.org.