Pastor Mark Carr is pushing back against the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (TDCS) and its attempts to shut down his website chastizing the department for effectively facilitating an out-of-state abortion for a 13-year-old teen from Sevier County against parental wishes.
TDCS had previously removed the teen and her three siblings from their parents’ custody. After the teen’s caregiver made provisions for her to receive an abortion in Atlanta, pastor Carr developed his “Johnathan’s Law” website in honor of the aborted child, who was aborted at 21 weeks. TDCS filed a motion in the Sevier County Juvenile Court asking that the website be taken down leading Carr’s attorney to file a “Notice of Removal” in federal court asking it to take the case from the Juvenile Court and block the TDCS attempt to violate his First Amendment rights to free speech.
“We are working to get laws passed to prohibit something like this from ever happening again,” the “Johnathan’s Law” website reads. “We believe no 13-year-old girl should be taken to another state to murder a baby when that murder is illegal in Tennessee. Those that do these things need to be exposed and brought to justice.”
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