Supreme Court declines to take up appeal of abortion amendment

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a ruling that upheld the outcome of 2014 vote on a constitutional amendment to give state lawmakers more power to restrict abortion rights in Tennessee, The Tennessean reports.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in January upheld the state’s tabulating method. The Tennessee Constitution declares amendments require not just a simple majority, but a “majority of all the citizens of the state voting for governor.”

Plaintiffs argued that only ballots cast by those who had voted in both the gubernatorial election and amendment referendum should be counted (rather than the state’s longtime standard of using the equivalent number of votes).


4 Responses to Supreme Court declines to take up appeal of abortion amendment

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    James White says:

    This is good news. Now if Only Congress would pass a bill that prohibits the federal courts from ruling on any State’s Abortion bills, the we would be all set!

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    David Collins says:

    I really never understood this lawsuit. The only way I could ever see to count the votes is the way the State of Tennessee was doing it–take the total number of votes cast in the governors race, divide that number in half and add one and that should give the magic number of votes required. I really don’t see any other way to arrive at the figure of “a majority of all citizens of the state voting for governor”.

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