NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Anti-abortion rights activists in Tennessee plan a high-dollar fundraiser next week to kick off their campaign for a constitutional amendment giving lawmakers more power to restrict access to abortions.
Republican state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is hosting the reception and dinner at a Nashville hotel Monday. He has invited supporters to pay between $1,000 for two tickets and $50,000 to be named chairman of the effort. Organizers say they have already raised more than $250,000.
Meanwhile, abortion rights advocates promise their own campaign against the amendment.
The proposed amendment seeks to void a 2000 state Supreme Court ruling. The court threw out mandatory 48-hour waiting periods for abortions, along with requirements that clinics provide detailed information about the procedure and that all but first-term abortions be performed in hospitals.
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