The state's largest group of Protestants is expressing its support for an abortion amendment set to go before Tennessee voters next year.
Amendment One adds language to the state's constitution saying in part, "Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion." It could pave the way for lawmakers to pass abortion restrictions currently prevented by the state constitution's privacy protections.
The proposal will be put before voters next November, but it's already drawing responses from Tennesseans on both sides of the abortion debate.
Wednesday, the Tennessee Baptist Convention put its support behind the proposal. Members called for voters to approve the amendment, and urged Tennessee Baptists to actively campaign for the passage of it.
Planned Parenthood has spoken out against the amendment.
Governor Haslam says he supports it.