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Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic ‘Buffer Zone’ Law

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Massachusetts law requiring pro-life "sidewalk counselors" to stay at least 35 feet away from abortion clinics was an unconstitutional infringement of their free speech rights. Ironically, Planned Parenthood is fighting hard in Tennessee against Amendment 1, which if passed will allow your representatives to enact laws requiring abortion clinics to inform women of abortion-specific risks of the procedure and giving women a period of time before undergoing an abortion to carefully consider their decision....
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HAVE YOU BEEN WRONGFULLY ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE BY DCS

Tennessee requires anyone who suspects child abuse to be a "mandatory reporter."  Child abuse investigations can be initiated by reports from teachers, doctors, counselors, ministers. other professionals, parents of your children's friends, neighbors, relatives, or observing strangers if they have reason to believe child abuse has occurred. Other times a disgruntled spouse or former spouse will make a report to gain advantage in divorce in cases. These reports may be anonymous. Having a child abuse attorney is critical to having a successful outcome in your case. Early intervention with the Department of Children and Family Services, police investigators and prosecutors is essential. If meetings are set for you to attend at The Department of Children's Services, do not attend without counsel, and do not sign any papers without approval of counsel. If you have to go to court on a child abuse offense, it is vital be prepared in...
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Lawmaker to review DCS case files

Rep. Sherry Jones, left, listens as Kathy Watson explains problems she has had with DCS during a meeting Monday at Legislative Plaza. Larry McCormack/The Tennessean Democratic state Rep. Sherry Jones says she’ll be requesting access to as many as a dozen case files kept by the Department of Children’s Services — and she’ll get to look at them thanks to a state law she helped pass in 2008. Jones listened to DCS-related complaints from families during a three-hour meeting on Monday. Those families came to Nashville from the far corners of the state. “We listened to what their side of the story is,” Jones said. “We will have to check all of these case files to see what the other side of the story is.” Department spokeswoman Molly Sudderth said lawmakers can review entire files at the agency’s central office after signing a confidentiality agreement. She said fewer than a dozen lawmakers...
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