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.  Continue reading

Right to Life on Haslam Signing of Abortion Regulations

Governor Haslam Signs Into Law Provisions Requiring Informed Consent, 48-Hour Waiting Period Nashville, May 18, 2015--- Responding to Monday's 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

Gov. Haslam Signs Abortion Facility Inspection Law

Bill Requiring Inspection of Abortion Facilities Signed Into Law Nashville, May 08, 2015--- "Tennessee Right to Life is grateful to our public officials for fulfilling their commitment to the people of Tennessee and restoring these common sense protections to protect the health and safety of women and girls," stated Brian Harris.  The bill came largely in response to voter passage of Amendment 1 last November which allows the people and elected officials more leeway in the regulation of abortion facilities in Tennessee. Continue reading

Pro-Life Teen Wins State Speech Contest

Davidson County Sophmore Wins Pro-Life Speech Contest Robertson County Teen will represent Tennessee at National Contest "A true feminist would help a pregnant woman in need rather than sending her to the abortion clinic. A true feminist would acknowledge the sanctity of life and do everything in her power to protect it," stated Cameron Sheppard during the recent Tennessee Right to Life Pro-Life Oratory Contest for High School Students. 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, April 21, 2015---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. "Tennessee Right to Life thanks the people of Tennessee who supported Amendment 1 and the many legislative sponsors and supporters of these bills to protect the health and safety of women and girls," said Brian Harris, the organization's president.  "Children will now be given a better chance at life because their mothers and families had the extra time and opportunity to make fully informed decisions." Continue reading

House Health Committee Approves Abortion Bill

House Bill Requiring Inspection of Abortion Facilities Passes Health Committee Nashville, April 01, 2015 --- 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 in support of legislation sponsored by state Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mount Juliet.)  "This proposal fulfills a promise to Tennessee voters that we would restore common sense protections for women and girls considering abortion," said Rep. Lynn.  "We have a duty and an obligation to ensure that health and safety standards are enforced consistently within facilities performing out-patient surgeries, including those performing abortions." Continue reading

Remembering A Pro-Life Pioneer

Tennessee Right to Life and National Right to Life Mourn the Death of Dr. John C. Willke FEBRUARY 24, 2015: The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nation's oldest and largest pro-life organization, joins with pro-lifers across the country and around the world in mourning the death of former National Right to Life President Dr. John C. (Jack) Willke, an obstetrician who devoted his life to the right-to-life movement. Dr. Willke died at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday. He was 89. "There is no way to quantify the contributions Jack Willke, along with his wife Barbara, made to the right-to-life movement," said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life."Jack's generous heart and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed. He and Barbara devoted their lives to the right-to-life movement, and we will be forever in their debt." Continue reading

The State of Abortion in the United States

National Right to Life releases new report examining the current status of abortion in the United States WASHINGTON – Today, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, released its second annual report examining “The State of Abortion in America.” The report summarizes key legislative developments at the state and federal level, finds that the annual number of abortions continues to decline, and shows that a majority continue to oppose the vast majority of abortions allowed under the doctrine of Roe v. Wade. “While recent reports show a significant decrease in the annual number of abortions, tragically, nearly 3,000 unborn children are still killed every day in the United States,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “As we prepare to observe the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton, the pro-life movement stands ready to make tremendous gains in 2015 on behalf of mothers and their unborn children.” Continue reading

Pro-Life Women Announce Bills to Restore Protective Policies

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Several female members of the state Legislature have announced legislation which would restore common-sense policies regarding the practice of abortion in Tennessee. During a Capitol Hill press conference held hours before the opening of the 109th General Assembly, state Senator Mae Beavers (Mount Juliet) joined Representatives Susan Lynn (Mount Juliet) and Debra Moody (Covington) to announce their intentions to promote passage of several policies including informed consent for women and girls considering abortion, a short waiting period and a requirement that abortion facilities be held to the same health and safety standards as other out-patient surgical facilities. Continue reading