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

Senate Panel to Hear Pro-Life Bills on Tuesday

On Tuesday, April 7, Tennessee's state Senate will take its first step towards restoring common-sense policies on abortion and will debate 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. SB 1222 (informed consent/waiting period) and SB 1280 (abortion facility regulation) will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by state Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Collierville.) Continue reading

House Bill Requiring Inspection of Abortion Facilities Passes Health Committee

Nashville--- A proposal to require state licensure and inspection of abortion facilities in Tennessee has passed a key hurdle as members of the state House Health committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday, April 1, in support of legislation sponsored by state Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mount Juliet.) Continue reading

Speak Up for Life: Pro-Life Legislators Need to Hear From You

On April 1, 2015, Tennessee's state House will take the next step toward restoring common-sense policies on abortion and will take up 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. HB 977 (informed consent/waiting period) and HB 1368 (abortion facility regulation) will be heard by the House Health Committee chaired by state Representative Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville.) Click here to immediately contact the members of the committee and urge their strong support for HB 977 by Rep. Matthew Hill  and Rep. Debra Moody and HB 1368 by Rep. Susan Lynn. (Please see list of members of the committee below.) Continue reading