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Tennessee Right to Life Legislative Action Center

TENNESSEE RIGHT TO LIFE COMMENDS GOVERNOR HASLAM FOR SUPPORT AND SIGNING OF POST-VIABILITY ABORTION BAN

Nashville, June 21, 2017--The state's leading pro-life organization celebrated passage of its priority legislation during a ceremonial bill signing by Governor Bill Haslam today at Legislative Plaza.

The Tennessee Infants Protection Act (SB 1180 / HB 1189) establishes a presumption of fetal viability beginning at 24 weeks gestation and prohibits abortion except in medical emergencies once viability has been confirmed.

The new legislation also requires a medical assessment for fetal viability before an abortion may be performed on unborn children at least 20 weeks old.

Tennessee Right to Life celebrates the bill's passage. "Tennessee is a pro-life state and Tennesseans strongly support common sense public policies that affirm and protect human life," said Brian Harris, the organization's president.

"We thank the Legislature and Governor Haslam for their exceptional leadership in supporting laws that build and strengthen a culture of life in our communities, state and nation."

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ORAL ARGUMENTS SET ON YES ON 1 CHALLENGE

More than 2 years after Tennesseans approved pro-life Amendment 1 by a vote of 53% - 47%, oral arguments have been set in the lawsuit brought byPlanned Parenthood abortion activists challenging the outcome of the 2014 election.

A panel of judges at the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case on August 2, 2017 in Cincinnati.

YES on 1 and Tennessee Right to Life coordinated a Friend of the Court brief which includes the signatures of 8,850 Tennesseans who stand to be harmed if their votes are thrown out.

More importantly, the lives of countless unborn children could be lost if Amendment 1 is struck down and state laws protecting women, girls and unborn children are nullified. Your continued support is vital to upholding the will of Tennessee's pro-life majority.

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