The Oct. 30 issue of The Tennessean in Nashville reported results of a poll conducted by Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro on Amendment 1 to the state constitution.
The poll reveals that 39 percent those polled are for the amendment, 32 percent oppose the amendment, 15 percent are undecided, 8 percent won’t vote at all, and 6 percent did not answer.
Those who oversaw the poll say it “is too close to call.”
Exit polls indicate that some people did not vote on the amendment because they are confused.
That should not come as a surprise. We have published numerous articles and columns, both in the Baptist and Reflector and on the Tennessee Baptist Convention website, urging people not to be misled by ads from those who oppose Amendment 1.
With only five days left until the election ends on Nov. 4, it is imperative that our churches take the lead in educating and encouraging those who have not yet voted to do so. Those who are undecided hold the key to this election. We must convince them to vote “Yes on 1.”
Don’t listen to the misinformation and, in some cases, outright lies by those opposing the amendment. Amendment 1 does not take away a woman’s right to choose and it has nothing to do with rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is at risk.
What Amendment 1 does do is offer a means to provide for informed consent, a waiting period, and inspection of abortion facilities. States surrounding Tennessee already have these common sense restrictions in place. That is why we have become an “abortion destination.” It is too easy to get an abortion in Tennessee and that needs to stop.
We have five days to do what is right for the kingdom of God and what’s right for women and unborn children in Tennessee. If Christians and our churches don’t get it done, it won’t happen.
Let’s get it right. Educate friends and colleagues who may be undecided on the amendment and encourage them to vote “Yes on 1.” We need to be a shining light in an increasingly dark world.