NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip just added another title to his illustrious career — this one in a race to give pro-life advocates and preborn children a victory in Tennessee and surrounding states.
The 67-year-old semi-retired speedster and his wife Stevie just became Honorary Campaign Chairmen for “YES on 1,” which seeks to eliminate the right to abortion-on-demand in the Volunteer State through urging citizens to vote for a constitutional amendment that promotes life by requiring abortion facilities to be subject to the same inspections and restrictions as others in most states.
The Waltrips are urging Tennesseans to join the race for preborn children.
“As Christian parents and Tennesseans, we are grieved to know that our beloved state has become an abortion destination,” Waltrip and his wife expressed in a statement on behalf of the campaign. “There are so many reasons we all love Tennessee and respect for God's gift of life should be at the top of the list.”
With his wife, Stevie, the racecar champion tells citizens statewide to put the pedal to the metal and be part of the YES on 1 campaign to raise awareness so that Tennessee will no longer rank third in the United States in the percentage of out-of-state abortions performed on its home soil.
“That's why we're giving our strongest support to the campaign to win pro-life Amendment 1,” explained the couple out of Franklin, Tennessee. “By voting YES on 1, we can restore common sense protections for the unborn and for abortion-vulnerable women and girls.”
With Tennessee bordering eight states — more than any other state, including Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas — the Waltrips don’t want fellow Tennesseans paying to terminate the lives of preborn children from across the region.
“We can prevent tax dollars from being used for abortion and we can insist that abortion facilities be licensed and inspected like any other surgical center,” they implored. “We urge you to take a stand and to join with us to support God's gift of life. On November 4th, please vote YES on 1.”
Having driven 84 victory laps — behind only Jeff Gordon’s 91 wins on the racetrack — during his star-studded career that has lasted nearly three decades, Waltrip is one of Tennessee’s staunchest pro-life advocates. Currently, he is a commentator for motorsports on FOX. He also serves as a safety and track design advisor for NASCAR. His pronounced nationwide visibility is anticipated to drive great momentum behind the push for Amendment 1, come November.
Aborting abortion at its roots
Instead of asking voters to support an abortion ban or back another targeted legislative agenda, Tennessee voters are being called to mark “yes” next to the state’s proposed constitutional amendment, which will overturn a radical pro-abortion decision issued in 2000 by the Tennessee Supreme Court. The amendment would restore the right for the people of Tennessee to choose state laws and policies when it comes to life-and-death matters.
An explanation of what the campaign sets out to do is clearly outlined in the verbiage of Amendment 1:
“Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representative and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including but not limited to circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.”
Pro-life groups within the state set out to ensure that voters know exactly what is at stake with this upcoming proposition.
“The Tennessee Supreme Court was wrong when it ruled that Tennessee’s Constitution includes a fundamental right to abortion and required that common sense protections be struck from Tennessee’s abortion law,” Tennessee Right to Life’s Brian Harris told LifeNews. “Tennesseans cannot be required to fund elective abortions.”
He wants the pro-life community, which forms a formidable majority in Tennessee, to decide the issue, instead of judges who don't reflect the will of the people.
“It is the people of Tennessee and our elected state legislators who should decide Tennessee’s abortion laws, including the difficult circumstances when a mother’s life is at risk or when abuse or crimes have occurred,” the pro-life advocate continued.
Many are still up-in-arms over the decision of judges from the Tennessee Supreme Court to make Tennessee an abortion-on-demand state that draws in countless mothers from across the South and immediate states to easily receive abortions — especially in a state that is predominantly pro-life. Amendment supporters are also upset over the excessive amount of time, effort and resources that must be invested to bring about legal safeguards that will protect thousands of preborn children from being killed through abortions that could be avoided.
Joining in Waltrip’s race for votes are a number of renowned personalities, including radio talk show host Charlotte Bergman - a current candidate for Congress in Tennessee’s 9th District. Also pursuing the checkered flag for life are TLC’s Jim and Michelle Duggar, who star in 19 Kids and Counting. They argue that Tennessee’s current abortion laws are way too lax and that they have created nothing short of a “baby holocaust” across this region of the eastern United States.