Press Release from the Democratic Party of the State of Tennessee, June 9, 2014:
Tennessee Democratic Party Hires “Amendment One” Staff
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Today the Tennessee Democratic Party announced a new staff hire, bringing on Democratic campaign veteran Lisa Carter as the party strengthens its campaign against the controversial constitutional Amendment One.
“We are excited to have Lisa Carter and her depth of experience in this crucial fight for women and victims and against Amendment One,” said Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron. “If Roe is overturned, then Amendment One would let Tea Party Republicans compel Tennessee women to bear rapists’ children and even deny couples the right to save the desperately ill wife’s life. Lisa’s job is to tell Tennesseans about this Tea Party Republican attempt to deny women, even victims of rape or incest or life-threatening disease, the right to choose.”
Ms. Carter, a native of Deland, Florida, is a highly experienced political professional, having served in senior positions on local, state, and national campaigns. She most recently worked as the Communications Director on Val Demings’ mayoral and congressional races. Ms. Carter has also served as a campaign manager and in other capacities for Democratic candidates.
Amendment One, a constitutional amendment on the ballot this November, would give the Tennessee legislature more power to regulate and possibly even ban abortion. Herron pointed out that large majorities of Tennesseans disagree with what the amendment would do. A Vanderbilt University poll last month showed that Tennesseans oppose by a three-to-one margin (71% to 23%) “giving the state legislature the constitutional authority to regulate abortions.”
Previous Vanderbilt polling revealed that nearly eighty percent of Tennesseans oppose completely banning abortion and not allowing an exception to save the life of the mother. Herron recalled that in 2011, when he was a state senator, Republicans in the state senate unanimously voted down his proposal to preserve such an exception “to allow a woman to save her own life.”
The Tennessee Democratic Party has been united in its opposition to Amendment One, with both pro-choice and pro-life members of the party’s state Executive Committee voting unanimously to fund a staff position to coordinate its work educating the public about the amendment.