NASHVILLE, October 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The nation’s most well-known mother-of-many is using her fame to defend life.
Michelle Duggar, who stars in the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” is actively campaigning for an amendment to the Tennessee state constitution that will allow lawmakers to draft stronger laws to protect unborn babies. The provision includes mandatory waiting periods before abortions, greater restrictions on late-term abortions, and informed consent laws requiring abortionists to provide women accurate information on fetal development and the physical risks of abortion before performing the procedure.
The Tennessee Supreme Court had ruled in 2000 that the state’s constitution, as written, did not allow lawmakers to restrict free access to abortion. As a result, the otherwise conservative state has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the nation.
“Since the extremely liberal state Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the state of Tennessee cannot put any regulations on abortion, Tennessee has become an abortion procedure destination,” Duggar told Charisma News. “Most states acknowledge the need to give women vital information about the seriousness of their decision before they take the life of their baby. Tennessee does not even require parental consent, counseling beforehand, having a waiting period to think about it, or have minimal clinical standards.”
“Veterinarian clinics for animals in Tennessee have higher standards in health and safety laws than there are for the abortion clinics involving human life,” Duggar added. “We must join together and end the baby holocaust that is taking place right here in Tennessee.”
The Tennessee Abortion Amendment, designated Amendment 1, will be voted on in the November 2014 general election. On November 4, Michelle and her husband, Jim Bob, will kick off a planned one-year tour in support of the amendment with an appearance at a pregnancy center fundraiser being held at the Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tenn.
“We are asking the people of Tennessee to get behind and pass Amendment 1, which will allow the Tennessee state representatives and senators to establish basic laws to help protect women and their unborn babies,” said Jim Bob Duggar, who previously served as a state legislator in Arkansas. “All proceeds raised at this event will be donated to Heartbeat Haven Pregnancy Center, located in Lafayette, Tenn., home of the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the state.”
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The couple announced recently they are trying for number 20. “I would be so grateful if the Lord blessed us with another one,” Michelle Duggar said. “We’re trying at this point and we shall see if that is a possibility.”