Posts tagged "tennessee"

Tennessee Votes To Make The Bible The State Book, Has Nothing Else To Attend To

Tennessee gets more federal tax dollars than it gives, will just spend that money on lawsuits to defend this.

By: Robyn Pennacchia / April 16, 2015

Tennessee Could Change Its Constitution To Repeal Protections For Abortion In Any Circumstance

Tennessee’s state constitution could be changed so that it doesn’t protect abortions in any circumstance, ever. [Slate]
A new PBS documentary series is delving into white identities and many of the delusions white people have about race in America. [The Grio]
GamerGate is becoming the most distilled example of misogyny in America…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 14, 2014

Following Arrest, Tennessee To Send Drug Addicted New Mom To Rehab

Prosecutors in Tennessee made a deal with the first woman to be arrested under a new law that jails mothers whose offspring test positive for drugs. Mallory Loyola, 26, will first undergo rehab treatment for meth as soon as room opens in a treatment center; prosecutors will assess her recovery and then decide whether…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 7, 2014

Woman Has Baby, Gets Arrested By Tennessee Police For Using Meth While Pregnant

Tennessee has arrested its first new mother under a new law that charges women for assault for using narcotics while pregnant. A 26-year-old mom was arrested after she tested positive for meth, which she admitted to using before her baby’s birth. Call me crazy, but maybe quality drug rehabilitation treatment might work better tha…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 11, 2014

Tennessee May Soon Criminalize Drug-Addicted Pregnant Moms

Tennessee’s state legislature has approved a bill that would make it possible to charge pregnant women for assault if they use narcotics during their pregnancy. Critics of the bill rightfully point out that it’s a sneaky way to give more rights to fetuses, thus easing the way to criminalizing abortion. Women’s rights groups and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2014

GOP Congressman Says VAWA Has A “Motherhood-And-Apple-Pie Title” — What?

Congressman John Duncan from Tennessee says he is undecided on which way he’ll vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which passed the Senate last week 78-22.  His reasoning?  “Every bill is given a motherhood-and apple-pie title,” and if “you voted on the title, you’d vote for every bill up here.”…

By: Sarah Gray / February 20, 2013

Tennessee Reintroduces “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Tennessee’s state Senate has reintroduced a bill that would ban elementary and middle school teachers from discussing homosexuality because it is not “natural” reproduction. The bill reads that anything other than natural reproduction is “sensitive,” “inappropriate,” and “best explained and discussed in the home.” Clearly if children are not exposed to gayness, they will…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 31, 2013

Longtime Tennessee Abortion Clinic Forced To Close

A longtime abortion clinic in Tennessee is shutting down as the result of a new law called the Life Defense Act, which requires doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The Volunteer Women’s Medical Center in Knoxville has provided women’s health care to TN women for 38 years but had to close because the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 17, 2012

Tennessee Sex Ed Bill Warns Against Hand-Holding & Other “Gateway Sexual Activity” On The Road To Slutdom

There’s a point where abstinence-only sex education becomes not just ineffectual and wasteful, but actually funny.  And that point is in a Tennessee bill that will require teachers to preach abstinence and warn young’uns about “gateway sexual activity” like hand-holding, cuddling, and hugging. You know, the real slutty stuff.

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 1, 2012