Cherisse Scott

Cherisse Scott is the founder and CEO of SisterReach, currently the only reproductive justice organization in the state of Tennessee. She has worked as an educator, advocate and activist in the reproductive justice movement for nearly 10 years.   

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To Save the Right to Choose Nationwide, Reproductive Justice Advocates Need a Southern Strategy

A new amendment to Tennessee's Constitution lays a framework for ending abortion rights. If allowed to stand, women and girls in poor communities will suffer the most. 

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
This past Election Day, the people of Tennessee awoke to a state in which the right to an abortion is no longer secure. Amendment 1 to the state constitution could mean that politicians soon vote to take away the right within the state. The passage of Amendment 1 gives politicians far-reaching power to restrict many forms of birth control and abortion. Most ominously, if Roe v. Wade were ever overturned, the passage of Amendment 1 lays the groundwork to eliminate all abortion access in Tennessee. In the run-up to the election, anti-choice politicians in the state masked their strategy to eliminate abortion access by framing their position as an issue of free speech, saying the voters had been silenced by a decision by state Supreme Court, which found in 2000 that the state Constitution’s protection from government interference in “inherently personal decisions” extended to the right to have an abortion. Amendment 1 gives anti-abortion lawmakers far more power than...