Tuesday: Day of Action for Life

TN Infants Protection Act Committee Vote / Pro-Life Women's Day on the Hill on Tuesday Contact House Health Committee Members Today! Please encourage the House Health Committee members to protect Life and vote Yes on HB 1189.   Click here to email them today! The Tennessee Infants Protection Act (House Bill 1189 sponsored by Rep. Matthew Hill) seeks to: Require viability assessment beginning at the 20th week of pregnancy to measure gestational age, weight, or other factors to determine viability of the unborn child; Define viability in state law as "the state of fetal development when the unborn child is capable of sustained survival outside of the womb, with or without medical assistance;" Establish presumption in state law that an unborn child of at least 24 weeks gestation (LMP) is viable and must be protected by law; Recognize current U.S. Supreme Court doctrine to avoid an untimely legal challenge; and, Mirror 2011 Ohio statute which is in effect and has never been challenged. The House Health Committee will hear the Pro-life bill at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, March 28 in Room 16 of Legislative Plaza. Continue reading

Protect Amendment 1: Resist Unconstitutional Bills

Pro-Life Tennesseans Have Come So Far Now, Let's Stay the Course and Protect Amendment 1 Please encourage your state legislators to work with Tennessee Right to Life in support of meaningful pro-life proposals which strengthen our state's abortion laws----not threaten them.  Click Here to Contact Members of the TN House Health Subcommittee Today! Pro-life Tennesseans made history in 2014 when voters passed pro-life Amendment 1.  Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood supporters immediately filed suit in federal court claiming that the state's method of counting votes violated the rights of pro-abortion voters.  District Federal Chief Judge Kevin Sharp agreed and ordered a recount and suggested the possible voiding of election results. Continue reading

House passes TN Rep. Diane Black's Resolution Protecting State's Right to Withhold Funding From Abortion Providers

February 16, 2017   Legislation Measure would nullify last-minute gift from Obama to Planned Parenthood By Dave Andrusko The House of Representatives today voted 230-188 to nullify an 11th hour Obama rule preventing states from redirecting Title X funds away from Planned Parenthood. H. J. Res. 43, sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), would use the Congressional Review Act to address Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services’ regulation designed to prevent states from redirecting Title X funds away from unsuitable organizations such as Planned Parenthood. The measure now goes to the Senate. The last minute gift to Planned Parenthood took effect on January 18–literally with just two days left in Obama’s presidency. Continue reading

Abortions Continue Downward Trend

For immediate release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 ABORTIONS CONTINUE DOWNWARD TREND WASHINGTON – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released its annual "Abortion Surveillance Report," for 2013. The report indicates that the number of abortions continues to decline. Relying on reports from state health departments, the CDC reported 664,435 abortions for 2013. While it provides a snapshot into the downward trend in abortions, this figure does not provide a complete picture of abortion in the United States as it does not include abortion data from California, the nation's most populous state, New Hampshire and Maryland. "The decline in the number of abortions, and in the abortion rates and ratios, is a clear indication that pregnant women are increasingly less likely to see abortion as the desired solution to an unexpected pregnancy," said Randall K. O'Bannon, Ph.D., National Right to Life director of education and research. "Right-to-life legislative, educational and outreach efforts to increase awareness of the unborn child's humanity certainly continue to play a critical role in the abortion decline."  Continue reading

90% of Pro-Life Candidates Win in TN

Thank you pro-life Tennesseans for again demonstrating your commitment to Right to Life candidates.  Because of your work, support and votes, pro-life super-majorities have been returned to the state House, state Senate, and U.S. Congress. Fully 90% of candidates endorsed by Tennessee Right to Life Political Action Committee won their races on Tuesday. And thankfully, the newly-formed TN Advocates for Planned Parenthood was unsuccessful in their efforts to defeat proven pro-life lawmakers. Continue reading

On Tuesday We Vote LifeFirst

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8!  Polls are open across Tennessee on Tuesday from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. in the central time zone and 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. in the eastern time zone! If you haven't already voted, click here to download our Pro-Life Voter Guide to take with you to the polls >> Where do Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand on life issues?  Click here for a comparison. Continue reading

Happy Anniversary Pro-Life Tennessee!

Two years ago today Tennesseans passed pro-life Amendment 1 by a vote of 53% - 47%.  As a result, Tennessee legislators restored key protections for women, girls and unborn children and Tennessee is no longer an abortion destination.  Of course, Planned Parenthood and other abortion organizationswasted no time in filing suit against the state claiming the manner of counting votes violated the rights of pro-abortion voters. In April, Federal District Judge Kevin Sharp agreed with Planned Parenthood and ordered a recount of the ballots in order to throw out the amendment.  His wrong ruling is on hold pending an appeal to the 6th circuit court of appeals in Cincinnati.  Thank you to the thousands of pro-life Tennesseans who signed on to the Friend of the Court brief recently filed by the Yes on 1 Ballot Committee and Tennessee Right to Life. Together we are insuring that every voice and vote are defended in order to protect the lives of vulnerable unborn children and their mothers in Tennessee.  Your financial support now will help to defray the ongoing costs of leading the fight for life in our communities, state and nation. Continue reading

Early Voting Begins Today in TN

Today marks the beginning of early voting in Tennessee and pro-life state legislators need your vote! During the past two years, the Tennessee General Assembly has passed landmark legislation restoring previously-stricken policies including informed consent for women and girls considering an abortion, a 48-hour waiting period, and a requirement that abortion facilities be licensed as other ambulatory surgical treatment centers. In addition, the Legislature passed a key proposal to prevent abortion facilities from marketing and profiting from the sale of remains of unborn children killed by abortion. Continue reading

Yes on 1 Ballot Committee Files Friend-of-the-Court Brief

Advocates Urge 6th Circuit to Protect Voting Rights of Pro-Life Tennesseans On Friday morning, supporters of the 2014 Amendment dealing with abortion regulation in Tennessee filed a Friend-of-the-Court brief as the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals prepares to consider arguments as to whether the votes of some pro-life Tennesseans may be thrown out. 8,850 Tennessee voters joined their names to the brief on behalf of the Yes on 1 campaign arguing that the campaign has a direct interest not only in supporting Amendment 1's ratification, but also in ensuring that the constitutional right to vote guaranteed to each Tennessean is fully protected. Continue reading