Pro-life groups are elated over a federal court ruling that lets the Tennessee General Assembly proceed with abortion laws in the state.
In 2000, the Tennessee Supreme Court found a constitutional right to abortion in the state's constitution, which was followed by a successful petition drive to let voters decide the issue. But abortion giant Planned Parenthood filed suit and last year a federal judge ruled in its favor.
Stacy Dunn with Tennessee Right to Life says the State of Tennessee fought back, appealing that decision to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals which voted unanimously to maintain Amendment 1.
Dunn says the state legislature has had a pro-life majority the past several years, but the courts have gotten in the way of legislative victories.
"When Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry takes it to court, then it will be easier to defend those measures," says Dunn, "because our state constitution is once again neutral on the issue of abortion, leaving it up to the people of the great state of Tennessee, and their elected representatives and senators."