NRLC Responds to US Supreme Court Decision in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt

WASHINGTON – By a vote of 5-3, the U.S. Supreme Court today struck provisions of a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers and requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in case of medical emergencies (with certain exceptions.) The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals previously rejected facial attacks on both provisions. “How shabby are these abortion clinics that they cannot meet the minimum standards other outpatient surgical centers are required to meet, and just how bad are these abortionists that they can’t get admitting privileges at a local hospital?,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “As we saw with Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, it’s clear that the lucrative abortion industry is not able or willing to police itself and allows filthy, deplorable conditions to go unchecked.” Continue reading

Yes on 1 Files State Court Motion on Behalf of Disenfranchised Voters

Yes on 1 Campaign Seeks to Intervene On Behalf of Voters Threatened with Disenfranchisement Motion Filed Friday Morning in State Court   Nashville, April 29, 2016---A motion filed Friday morning by proponents of Yes on 1 seeks to intervene on behalf of state voters who are threatened with having their votes thrown out as a result of last week's ruling by federal Judge Kevin Sharp.  In an unprecedented decision, Sharp directed state election officials to undertake a recount of the November 2014 general election and to void all ballots cast on Amendment 1 by voters who did not also vote in the governor's race.   On Tuesday, Tennessee's Attorney General announced an appeal of Sharp's ruling to the U.S. Sixth Circuit stating, "We obviously disagree with the federal court's decision...Simply put, deciding what vote is required to amend the Tennessee Constitution is a matter of state law to be determined by a Tennessee Court."   In a separate action, Daniel Horwitz, counsel for the Yes on 1 Ballot Committee, prepared a motion asking state court Judge Michael Binkley to allow supporters of the pro-life amendment to intervene in the case in order to address the unique harm threatened to YES voters that the federal judge seeks to disenfranchise.    Continue reading

TN Right to Life Responds to Ruling on Amendment 1

Federal Judge Threatens to Disenfranchise Pro-Life Voters Judge Kevin Sharp issues ruling singling out Amendment 1, Leaves others intact   Nashville (April 25, 2016)---Just a day after a state court judge ruled in favor of the state's process for counting and ratifying votes on proposed amendments to the state constitution, a federal judge has ordered a recount of ballots on pro-life Amendment 1 and declared that some votes in support of the amendment be thrown out.  At question is the interpretation of Article XI, Section 3 of the state Constitution which now places state and federal judges favoring different readings of the same clause.   On Thursday, Williamson County Circuit County Judge Michael Binkley, sitting as Chancellor, ruled that there is no constitutional restriction or precondition on the right of a citizen to vote for or against a constitutional amendment and also voting in the gubernatorial election.   On Friday, U.S. Federal District Court Judge Kevin Sharp countered by ordering a recount of the Amendment 1 votes and affirming the arguments of Planned Parenthood plaintiffs that the manner of counting votes, specifically on Amendment 1, violates undue process and equal protections clauses of the U.S. Constitution.  As such, Sharp has ordered state election officials to prepare a timetable for a recount of the votes on Amendment 1.    Continue reading

TN House Passes Ban on Sale of Human Fetal Body Parts

Human Fetal Remains Bill Passes House and Senate Legislation Prevents Sale or Reimbursement by Abortion Providers   Nashville, April 14, 2016---Legislation banning the sale of fetal remains by abortion providers in Tennessee passed the state House overwhelmingly today by a vote of 79-9.  The bill is a priority of the Haslam administration and was approved earlier in the state Senate 28-2.   In addition to banning the sale of fetal remains, HB 2577 also prohibits reimbursement for the transfer, preservation or other handling of fetal body parts following a surgical abortion.  Sponsored by Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) and Sen. Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield), the bill strengthens reporting requirements to include documentation of the method for disposal of remains and requires authorization by a woman or girl considering an abortion as to the method of disposal.   Continue reading

Right to Life Praises Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey's Record

Nashville, March 16, 2016--- Tennessee Right to Life responded this morning to news of Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey's retirement from the state Senate with praise for the legislative leader. "Tennessee's pro-life movement and unborn children have had no greater friend than Ron Ramsey," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life.  "Part of his legacy will certainly be the election of pro-life super-majorities to the Legislature and passage of pro-life Amendment 1." Continue reading

National Right to Life Mourns the Death of Justice Antonin Scalia

For immediate release: Saturday, February 13, 2016 For more information: Tatiana Bergum, (202) 626-8825, mediarelations@nrlc.org NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE MOURNS DEATH OF JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA WASHINGTON – The following statement may be attributed to Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life: We are deeply saddened by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia steadfastly defended the right of elected lawmakers to enact laws that protect unborn children and their mothers and he often issued powerful critiques of the judicially manufactured barriers that limited such legislative efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are with Justice Scalia's widow and family. Founded in 1968, National Right to Life, the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia. # # #

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Texas Pro-Life Law

National Right to Life Committee, Inc. For immediate release: Friday, November 13, 2015 For more information: Tatiana Bergum, (202) 626-8825, mediarelations@nrlc.org Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Texas Pro-Life Law WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to hear a challenge to a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that upheld most of a Texas omnibus pro-life law. At issue are two provisions of HB 2, which the Texas legislature passed in 2013, that abortion clinics meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and that abortionists have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital for situations of medical emergencies. The latter has already gone into effect. "The abortion industry doesn't like these laws because abortion clinics would be forced to spend money to meet basic health and safety standards" said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. "For them, this isn't about 'protecting' the women they purport to help, it's about preserving their cash flow." Continue reading

House Committee Continues Hearings on Planned Parenthood

For immediate release: Thursday, October 8, 2015For more information: Tatiana Bergum, (202) 626-8825, mediarelations@nrlc.org  HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CONTINUES HEARINGS INVESTIGATINGPLANNED PARENTHOOD’S ABORTION BUSINESS  WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary today held a second hearing examining Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. The hearing, titled "“Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining Abortion Procedures and Medical Ethics at the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider,” comes on the heels of a series of videos by The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) exposing the gruesome business of baby-body-part harvesting and trafficking, often involving affiliates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the nation’s largest abortion provider “Planned Parenthood now commands about one-third of the total abortion 'market',” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. “We fully support investigations into many aspects of this grisly business. Planned Parenthood equals abortion.” Continue reading

TN Judge Upholds Ban on Doctor-Prescribed Suicide

Tennessee Right to Life Applauds Ruling Upholding State Law Prohibiting Doctor-Prescribed Suicide NASHVILLE, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 - The state's oldest and largest pro-life organization is praising the ruling by Davidson County Chancellor Carol McCoy which upholds Tennessee's state law prohibiting the practice of doctor-prescribed suicide.  "Chancellor McCoy is to be commended for refusing to enjoin laws duly enacted by the people and their elected officials and for recognizing that such statutes do not violate the Tennessee Constitution," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life.    "Terminally ill persons deserve full care and pain relief, not a prescription for an early death,"  said Harris.  "Tennessee's law strikes a careful and compassionate balance in ensuring that basic safeguards for human life are in place and honored."    Tennessee Right to Life assisted in filing a friend-of-the-court brief highlighting the state's legitimate interest in protecting human life, guarding from an expansion of suicide and upholding the integrity of the medical profession.  The case is John Jay Hooker v Herbert Slatery.

Planned Parenthood's Cavalier Attitude

Planned Parenthood's Cavalier Attitude Toward Unborn Children on Full Display WASHINGTON – On August 19 The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released another video in a series exposing the baby body part harvesting and trafficking conducted by affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation's largest abortion provider. This is the seventh such video released by CMP uncovering the gruesome nature of Planned Parenthood's huge abortion business. "These videos again show horrific scenes in which Planned Parenthood executives cavalierly discuss the harvesting and pricing of baby parts" said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. "Planned Parenthood now commands more than one-third of the total abortion 'market,' and we fully support investigations into many aspects of this grisly business. Planned Parenthood equals abortion." Continue reading