Tennessee senator wants abortion ruling appealed
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State Sen. Randy McNally is asking the attorney general to fight a court ruling requiring a recount of a 2014 vote that made it easier to restrict abortions in Tennessee.
Eight voters who support abortion rights sued the state over the way the votes were counted on an amendment that changed the state constitution.
U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp agreed with the voters and ordered a recount on Friday, finding the way the votes were counted was unfair to those who opposed the amendment.
McNally sent a letter to Attorney General Herbert Slatery on Tuesday. The Oak Ridge Republican wants Sharp’s ruling appealed to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
McNally calls the federal court case a transparent effort by abortion rights supporters to disenfranchise their opponents.