VOLUNTEERING OR INTERNSHIPS
Currently, we have several great opportunities for you to get involved with Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee (PPMET). From financial support to advocacy to Young Professionals to administration and data assistance, there's a place for you here at PPMET! For more information you can email advocacy@ppmet, call 615.345.0952 - ask for Jessica, or browse our opportunities online here where you can establish an account and get notified if any volunteer or internship opportunity opens up for you.
PROPOSED CONTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT COULD BAN ABORTION IN TENESSEE
After over 10 years of trying, members of the Tennessee General Assembly who oppose abortion without exception succeeded in passing a proposed constitutional amendment that will remove privacy rights and potentially ban abortion in Tennessee. the language of the proposed amendment is deliberately misleading - an attempt to trick voters into believing that exceptions would be in place for rape, incest, and life of the mother. Infact, it simply states ha the legislature has the ability to pass laws in the future to protect women in those circumstances if they choose to.
The Proposed Amendment Reads:
"Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators o enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother."
Anti-choice members of the General Assembly claim that abortion is completely unregulated in Tennessee and argue that the amendment is necessary in order for them to place restrictions on or regulate access to abortion. However, the Assembly has been passing laws for years that do just that. In addition to already existing informed consent laws, a few of the current restrictions on abortion in Tennessee include: parental consent for minors seeking an abortion; a requirement that surgical abortions be done in licensed Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Centers; that physicians who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at a local hospital; and abortion facilities must post signs saying that women can't be coerced into having an abortion.
In November 2014, voters will be asked to vote on the amendment. We plan to wage an aggressive campaign to defeat it. We will ask you to suppor our effort in every way possible, including providing financial suppor to the campaign being formed to prevent the passage of this incredibly dangerous amendment. Stay tuned for more information.
JOIN HEALTHY & FREE TENNESSEE
Planned Parenthood has joined a new coalition in town: HEALTHY & FREE TENNESSEE. This coalition was formed to combat the increasing hostility and aggression toward women and families in Tennessee. With partners like the ACLU-TN, Choices (Memphis Center for Reproductive Health), ChoiceNashville, Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health, Knoxville Reproductive Justice & Equality Coalition, National Council of Jewish Women - Nashville Chapter, Nashville CARES, SisterReach, Tennessee AIDS Advocacy Network, Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, and the Woe's Fund of Greater Chattanooga, we are ready to take on the bullies together.
To join the coalition mailing list or to learn more, go to HealthyandFreeTN.org.
ABOUT HEALTHY & FREE TENNESSEE
We support the right of all Tennesseans to:
- Make private decisions about their sexual and reproductive health, free from intrusion or coercion by any government, group, or individual.
- Access a full range of safe & affordable sexual and reproductive health care along with accurate information about their health care options.
- Be free from discrimination on the basis of their reproductive life decisions.