Oregon Euthanasia Group Targets Tennessee

"I'm impressed, this hearing is bringing me back to the way things felt in the nineties in Oregon....I actually ended up seeing the patient who got the first prescription for aid-in-dying in early '98." Dr. Peter Reagan, Medical Director, Oregon's Pro-Euthanasia Organization, "Compassion & Choices"   More than 2 hours of testimony were heard at the Tennessee Legislature last week as members of the state Senate Health Committee met in special session to study SB 1362 by state Senator Reginald Tate (D-Memphis.) Sharing his reasons for bringing the bill, Senator Tate explained his indebtedness to Mr. Hooker for his role in civil rights leadership and felt a responsibility to stand for Mr. Hooker's "right" to doctor-assisted suicide. "I could add a lot of adjectives or modify this racial struggle for whatever it was, come up with some organizations and try to redo whatever I wanted to do. But the bottom line is the bottom line.  And that's all that we're dealing with or trying to offer here is a perspective from an individual with life, in right mind, for a right. And that's basically what this legislative is about." Continue reading

Pro-Life Bills Given Ceremonial Signing by Governor Haslam

Governor, Legislators, and Grassroots Advocates Join to Mark Enactment To the cheers of onlookers, Governor Bill Haslam added his signature on Wednesday to long-sought pro-life policies during a ceremonial bill signing at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. Bills signed by Haslam include informed consent provisions for women and girls considering abortion, a 48-hour waiting period, and a requirement that abortion facilities in the state be inspected and licensed. Continue reading

Tennessee Right to Life Testifies Against Doctor-Assisted Suicide

Proposed bill would radically change protections and safeguards for end of life care. NASHVILLE, JUNE 9, 2015 - At today's meeting of the state Senate Health Committee, Tennessee Right to Life joined other advocacy groups to oppose a bill seeking to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Tennessee.  The committee met in a special study session to hear testimony regarding the proposed legislation.In its mission statement, the state's oldest and largest pro-life organization seeks to ensure legal and social protections for Tennessee's most vulnerable citizens, including the unborn, disabled, sick and elderly.     However, Senate Bill 1362 by Sen. Reginald Tate (D-Memphis) and House Bill 1040 by Rep. Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) would radically change Tennessee's policies and protections for end-of-life care. During testimony, speakers outlined concerns with the bill's wording, especially the use of broad and potentially and ambiguous terms such as "terminal condition from which there is not reasonable expectation for recovery."  Attorney and TRL Legislative Liaison Will Brewer  presented the organization's objections to the bill, pointing out that as written, the bill allows the prescribing of life-ending drugs immediately upon a "terminal" diagnosis without any opportunity for serious consideration of possible treatments, therapies or care. Continue reading

Governor Haslam Signs Into Law Provisions Requiring Informed Consent, 48-Hour Waiting Period

Nashville--- Responding to Monday's, May 18, 2015, signing by Governor Bill Haslam of legislation requiring informed consent and waiting period provisions, the state's oldest and largest pro-life organization expressed appreciation to the state's voters and elected officials. "Women and girls considering abortion in our state deserve relevant details and adequate time to make fully-informed decisions about the fate of their unborn child," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. "We are grateful to the voters who approved Amendment 1 and to the public officials who have fulfilled their commitment to restore common-sense protections for women, girls and unborn children in our state."  Continue reading

Common Sense Protection Signed Into Law

Bill Requiring Inspection of Abortion Facilities Signed Into Law   Tennessee Right to Life is grateful to our public officials for fulfilling their commitment to the people of Tennessee and restoring this common sense policy to protect the health and safety of women and girls.  The bill was approved by super-majorities in both the state House and state Senate and will go into effect on July 1, 2015. Continue reading

Legislature Approves Pro-Life Bills

Tennessee House and Senate Pass Pro-Life Protections, Sends Legislation to Governor Haslam for Signature Tennessee Right to Life applauds today's strong votes in support of informed consent, a 48-hour waiting period for women and girls considering abortion, and a requirement that abortion facilities be inspected and licensed by the Tennessee Department of Health.  The bills were approved by super-majorities in both the state House and state Senate and will soon be headed to Governor Haslam for his signature.  As drafted, the statutes will go into effect on July 1, 2015. Continue reading

Right to Life Statement on Passage of Pro-Life Laws

Tennessee Right to Life Applauds Passage of Abortion Limits: "Safeguards for Women and Girls Empower to Make Fully-Informed Decisions" Nashville---The state's oldest and largest pro-life organization applauded Tuesday's strong votes in support of informed consent, a 48 hour waiting for women and girls considering abortion, and a requirement that abortion facilities be inspected and licensed by the Tennessee Department of Health.  The bills were approved by super-majorities in both the state House and state Senate and will soon be headed to Governor Haslam for his signature.  As drafted, the statutes will go into effect on July 1, 2015. Continue reading

Senate to Vote on Pro-Life Bills on Wednesday

On Wednesday, Tennessee's state Senate will take its final step towards restoring common-sense policies on abortion and will vote on measures providing informed consent and a 48-hour waiting period before an abortion may be performed as well as a requirement that abortion facilities be inspected and licensed as other out-patient surgical centers. Restoration of a 48-hour waiting period is even more critical as neighboring states have recently passed and/or considering longer waiting periods than Tennessee. Continue reading

Key Pro-Life Protections Continue Progress In Legislature

"The purpose of this legislation is to recognize and codify that women and girls deserve all available facts and information in order to make a careful and fully informed decision and to provide them the time that is necessary to make that decision." State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough)   Key Pro-Life Protections Continue Progress This Week In Tennessee Legislature   Long sought provisions to restore informed consent, a 48-hour waiting period, and to require licensure and inspection of abortion facilities passed final committee votes this week.  On Tuesday, members of the Senate Judiciary committee approved both the licensure bill (SB 1280) by Senator Joey Hensley and the informed consent and waiting period bill (SB 1222)  by Senator Mae Beavers.  Both bills were passed by a 7-2 vote of the committee. On Wednesday, following a nearly 2 hour debate in which operators of 4 Tennessee abortion facilities spoke in opposition, pro-life members of the House Health Committee passed the informed consent and waiting period (HB 0977) sponsored by Rep. Matthew Hill and Rep. Debra Moody. Continue reading

Kansas Gov. Brownback Signs Dismemberment Abortion Bill

KANSAS BECOMES THE FIRST STATE TO ENACT GROUNDBREAKING DISMEMBERMENT ABORTION BAN WASHINGTON –This morning, pro-life Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) signed into law the groundbreaking Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. The bill received overwhelming support in the state legislature earlier this year. In signing the bill, Governor Brownback makes Kansas the first state in the nation to enact the National Right to Life model legislation that will prohibit the use of dismemberment abortions. The law will go into effect on July 1. "The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act is the first of what we hope will be many state laws banning dismemberment abortions," said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. "This law has the power to transform the landscape of abortion policy in the United States." Continue reading