Tennessee's Office of the Attorney General Offers Strong Defense Of Pro-Life Amendment

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Considers Merits of Pro-Abortion Challenge Tennessee Right to Life expresses profound gratitude to the Office of Tennessee's Attorney General for strongly defending the 2014 election outcome on pro-life Amendment 1.  In particular, Sarah Campbell, special assistant to the Attorney General, was well prepared and indefatigable last week when arguing that the state's manner of counting votes on Amendment 1 properly followed the process laid forth by the Tennessee Constitution.  "Tennessee did exactly what it had done in prior elections, exactly what it told voters it was going to do and exactly what the constitution says," Campbell told the 3-judge panel who heard oral arguments in the Planned Parenthood challenge of pro-life Amendment 1. "There was no basis for the federal court to intervene," she said, adding that former federal judge Kevin Sharp's pro-abortion ruling last year ordering a recount of ballots "infringes on Tennessee's sovereignty." Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Thank You Pro-Life Tennessee

Despite strong opposition from Planned Parenthood, ACOG and other pro-abortion activists, pro-life legislators have strengthened Tennessee's protective public policies and overwhelmingly passed the Tennessee Infants Protection Act (HB 1189 / SB 1180).  Led by prime sponsor state Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough), the state House voted early Wednesday to pass House Bill 1189 by a vote of 69-18. On Monday, the state Senate passed the bill, sponsored by state Senator Joey Hensley, M.D. (R-Hohenwald) by a vote of 27-3.  The bill now goes to Pro-Life Governor Haslam who is unlikely to veto the protective legislation. The bill criminalizes abortions after viability of an unborn child has been established except in the rare instances of threat to the life of the mother. The bill also requires a viability assessment be performed beginning at 20 weeks of pregnancy (LMP) in order to carefully test whether or not the child is able to live outside the womb with or without medical support. The bill establishes a state presumption of viability at 24-weeks gestational development (LMP.) "Tennessee Right to Life is grateful for the leadership of our sponsors in bringing this important pro-life protection," said Brian Harris, president of the state's oldest and largest pro-life organization.  "We thank those pro-life legislators who stood for life at every stage of the legislative process.  Together we will help to ensure that the strongest possible law saves the largest number of women, girls and unborn children from the horror of an elective abortion when the child could otherwise survive," said Harris. Continue reading

TN House to Vote to Protect Viable Unborn Children

UPDATE: TN House Passes the Tennessee Infants Protection Act and to Protect Viable Unborn Children 68-18-3! Thank you for your support which resulted in overwhelming 27-3 passage by the Tennessee state Senate Monday afternoon of the Tennessee Infant Protection Act (SB 1180 / HB 1189).  This Right to Life priority now moves to the state House on Wednesday morning, May 3. Contact Your State Representative Today! Radical pro-abortion activists from Planned Parenthood, many dressed in costume, attempted to disrupt the senate session with chants and screaming outside the chamber doors. Your pro-life support and prayers are needed today to combat the aggressive Planned Parenthood campaign. Continue reading

Pro-Life Bill in TN Passes Key Hurdles; Heads to Senate Floor

UPDATE: The Senate is now scheduled to vote on SB 1180 on Monday, May 1 during the 3:00 PM session UPDATE: The House is scheduled to vote on HB 1189 on Wednesday, May 3. Legislation to protect viable unborn children from abortion in Tennessee was moved forward yesterday (Wednesday, April 19)  7-2 following a lengthy debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Testimony may be viewed here (please either click on SB1180 below the video screen or move the video forward to 20:04.) Tennessee Right to Life expresses gratitude to committee members voting in support of SB 1180 by Sen. Joey Hensley, M.D. including Chairman Brian Kelsey, and Senators Mike Bell, Janice Bowling, Jon Lundberg, Doug Overbey, Kerry Roberts, and John Stevens.  Pro-abortion Senators Lee Harris and Sara Kyle voted in opposition. Please Give to Help Defray the Expenses of Expert Testimony & Legal Research Continue reading

Votes on Wednesday: Will TN Protect Viable Unborn Children?

TN Infants Protection Act Senate and House Committee Votes Now Scheduled for Wednesday, April 19 Senate Judiciary Committee Passes TN Infants Protection Act 7 - 2! House Finance Subcommittee Passes TN Infants Protection Act by a Voice Vote! If you called or emailed before, please do so again.  Pro-abortion activists are threatening to fill the committee rooms in opposition to state law protecting viable unborn children! The House Finance Subcommittee and the Senate Judiciary Committee have both delayed a vote on the Tennessee Infants Protection Act until tomorrow, Wednesday, April 19.  The fate of priority protective legislation this session continues to rest with pro-life advocates across the state.  Will you make your voice heard? The Tennessee Infants Protection Act (HB 1189 / SB 1180) would prohibit abortions beginning at 24 weeks when viability is presumed.  The bill would also require viability assessments for unborn children beginning at 20 weeks gestation before an abortion can be performed.  If the child is determined to be viable (able to live outside the womb with or without medical assistance), the abortion would be prohibited. Continue reading

Protect Viable Unborn Children in Tennessee

TN Infants Protection Act Faces Critical Committee Votes on Wednesday, April 19   Click here to contact the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Click here to contact the House Finance Subcommittee.    The fate of priority protective legislation this session rests with pro-life advocates across the state.  Will you make your voice heard? The Tennessee Infants Protection Act (HB 1189 / SB 1180) would prohibit abortions beginning at 24 weeks when viability is presumed.  The bill would also require viability assessments for unborn children beginning at 20 weeks gestation before an abortion can be performed.  If the child is determined to be viable (able to live outside the womb with or without medical assistance), the abortion would be prohibited. Recently Tennessee's Attorney General called the Act "constitutionally suspect," in part due to lack of broad "health" exceptions which would allow late term abortions for women who suffer "mental and emotional harm" from carrying the pregnancy to term.  Continue reading

Update on Pro-Abortion Legal Challenges to Amendment 1, Pro-Life Laws

Tennessee Right to Life has become aware that, due to an ongoing shortage of judges in the Middle Tennessee District Federal Court, a Michigan judge has been named to oversee the challenge of Tennessee's pro-life laws.  The lawsuit Adams & Boyle v. Slatery is brought by independent owner-operators of private abortion facilities in Bristol, Nashville and Memphis and seeks to strike common-sense provisions requiring informed consent and a 48-hour waiting period for women and girls considering abortion, hospital admitting privileges for abortion providers and health department inspection and licensing requirements for abortion facilities in Tennessee. In December 2015, by agreement of both parties, Judge Kevin Sharp agreed to place the case on hold pending the outcome of the Texas case with similar issues being taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court (Whole Woman's Health.) That case was decided in June 2016 with the challenged admitting privileges law and abortion facility standards being struck down in Texas. Judge Sharp announced his retirement from the District Court effective April 15, 2017. Now, Michigan Senior Federal District Judge Bernard A. Friedman, by special designation, has asked both parties to prepare for trial.   Continue reading

Trump Administration Redirects U.S. Funding Away From United Nations Population Fund

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration reinstated a policy Monday evening directing United States foreign assistance dollars away from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on the basis that its activities in China are complicit with that nation's coercive population control program, the implementation of which includes forced abortion and involuntary sterilization. United States funding will be directed instead to other family planning and health programs not involved in China's population control program. "We congratulate President Trump and his administration for making it abundantly clear the United States will not support a United Nations agency that cooperates in China's brutally repressive population control policies," said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. "I heartily applaud what we at National Right to Life are seeing from this pro-life administration." Continue reading