My Dear People of God,
Our scripture readings for this Sunday and the last two Sundays have spoken of conversion and forgiveness. This weekend’s Gospel reading speaks of two sons from whom a father requests a response: “go and work in a vineyard.” One is willful and adamantly refuses to his father’s direction. Later, he regrets his disobedience and fulfills his father’s wishes.
In many ways, our culture reflects this kind of willfulness in refusing to recognize God as the origin and source of life. It refuses to serve the dignity and sanctity of life, especially in the matters of abortion.
The month ahead, October, is dedicated in the United States as Respect Life Month.
This year, as our attention is drawn to the subject or theme of Respect Life, we are given a unique opportunity to manifest our commitment to promote and support measures that seek to protect life.
This November, five weeks from now, our state-wide ballot for a general election will include a provision to amend the Tennessee State Constitution to return to our representatives in state government the right to enact laws that regulate the abortion industry in our state. This right to represent the values of the citizens of our state was lost in a Tennessee Supreme Court decision back in 2000.
The question to support or not support this amendment is found in Amendment 1.
I urge you to familiarize yourself with this issue and vote ‘Yes’ on 1.
I am not asking you to endorse any party or candidate; just a provision to give back to the state legislature the authority to regulate the abortion practice in Tennessee.
Tennessee has the sad and unfortunate distinction of being in the top five destination states to procure an abortion. 20% to 25% of abortions performed here are on women from other states. There are no limits to when in a pregnancy’s development an abortion can be requested and received.
By voting ‘Yes’ on 1, you can return to those whom we elect to serve us the right to enact laws that reflect our commitment to promote and serve life.
Wishing you every blessing, I am
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend David R. Choby
Bishop of Nashville