By: Jim Bello
It is alarming that almost 17,000 abortions were performed in Tennessee during 2010. That 4,000 of those were for visitors who drove in, got their abortions, and left without so much as a piece of catfish or a concert ticket is simply disgusting.
Tennessee ranks third only behind Kansas and North Dakota in highest percentage of abortions performed on out-of-state women and girls. In a 2000 Tennessee Supreme Court decision, Tennessee became more liberal in its provision of abortions than each of its eight border states. By 2010, nearly 25 percent of abortions performed in Tennessee were on non-residents.
Business owners understand that getting potential clients through the door is the most difficult part of the sale. Is Tennessee missing an opportunity to parlay abortion seekers into tourism dollars? Imagine the possibilities in the hands of a good marketing wordsmith:
- Come for the Abortion. Stay for the Bluegrass.
- Now you’re eating for one. Half off pastries.
- First drink free… Because now you can.
It may be time to further exploit the women and girls who trust Tennessee for the promise of legal, no-hassle abortions without the complexities of informed consent, waiting periods, or facility regulation by the Tennessee Department of Health.
A second option is to vote yes on Amendment 1 (SJR 127) in November to restore the common sense protections stripped by the 2000 State Supreme Court. The problem with this option is that Tennessee would be forced to rely solely on incredible food, music, scenery, culture and hospitality to lure unsuspecting visitors from our border neighbors.
In future articles, I’ll bring more information about Amendment 1. Meanwhile, join me at the Conservative Fifty Forum to share your marketing slogans and learn more about this critical ballot issue.
Love you all,
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