Our Next Step: Vote Pro-Life on August 2 in Tennessee

Together, with God's help, Pro-life Tennesseans have made great strides during the past 15 years in the enactment of constitutionally-enforceable laws drafted and lobbied by Tennessee Right to Life. Among them: Pro-Life Amendment 1 to Tennessee Constitution Informed consent for women and girls considering abortion Physician-only counseling 48-hour waiting period Anti-coercion policy & required posting inside abortion facilities Sale of fetal remains prohibited Preferential treatement for Planned Parenthood stripped from state law Title X government funds redirected away from Planned Parenthood Statewide hotline for reporting abortion facility abuses Choose Life plate supporting pro-life agencies and programs Ban on dispensing RU 486 by telemedicine / skype Unborn Victims of Violence Act at all stages of gestation Viability assessment required and post-viability abortions banned Natural childbirth over abortion established as state's preference Continue reading

Justice Anthony Kennedy Announces His Retirement

NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE RESPONSE TO JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY'S RETIREMENT FROM U.S. SUPREME COURT WASHINGTON – In response to Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy's announcement that he will retire from the U.S. Supreme Court effective July 31, the following statement may be attributed to National Right to Life President Carol Tobias: All too often, our efforts to protect unborn children and other vulnerable humans have been overridden by judges who believe they have a right to impose their own policy preferences. We look forward to President Trump nominating a jurist who shares the view that Supreme Court justices are constrained to enforce the text and original intent of constitutional provisions, and on all other matters should defer to democratically elected lawmakers.

TENNESSEE RIGHT TO LIFE APPLAUDS HASLAM SIGNATURE ON PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION

PRO-LIFE LAW PERMANENTLY REDIRECTS TITLE X FUNDS AWAY FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD NASHVILLE, APRIL 11, 2018 - The state's oldest and largest pro-life organization publicly thanked Governor Bill Haslam today for signing into law the Title X Prioritization Act (SB 2494 / HB 2262). The bill codifies existing policy established in 2011 by the Haslam administration which prioritizes health departments to receive Title X family planning funds rather than Planned Parenthood abortion facilities in the state. Prior to 2009, Planned Parenthood facilities received preferential treatment in the awarding of more than $1 million tax dollars annually. For decades the funds were automatically directed to Planned Parenthood without any bidding process or request for proposals from other entities. The new law permanently establishes that first priority for distribution of the funds will be given to local public health departments, the policy of the Haslam Administration since 2011. Continue reading

Senate Health to Vote on Defunding Planned Parenthood

UPDATE: The Tennessee Senate passed SB 2494 by a 25-1-1 vote on Monday, March 5.  Pro-Life HB 2262 was passed out of House Health Committee today. The Senate companion bill, Pro-Life SB 2494 by Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Franklin), will be heard in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday, February 28, at 12:30 p.m (cst).  Your voice is needed today if prioritization of Tennessee's Title X funds is to continue being directed away from Planned Parenthood. Please send your email to members of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee today. Email Senate Committee Members Today! Last week the newly-elected pro-abortion governor in another state overturned pro-life funding policies of the outgoing governor and, in his first official act, restored state funding for Planned Parenthood. Tennessee must codify into law the pro-life administrative policy of Governor Haslam to ensure that future governors will be bound by funding priorities which prioritize ethical health care providers over abortion facilities. Continue reading

Will Tennessee Restore Title X Funds to Planned Parenthood?

UPDATE: Pro-Life HB 2262 passed in the House Health Committee by a voice vote.  The bill will now be heard in the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee. URGENT: Last week the newly-elected pro-abortion governor in another state overturned pro-life funding policies of the outgoing governor and, in his first official act, restored state funding for Planned Parenthood. Tennessee must codify into law the pro-life administrative policy of Governor Haslam to ensure that future governors will be bound by funding priorities which prioritize ethical health care providers over abortion facilities. Pro-Life HB 2262 was delayed last week in Health Committee and your voice is needed today if prioritization of Tennessee's Title X funds is to continue being directed away from Planned Parenthood. Please send your email to members of the House Health Committee today.  HB 2262 by Rep. Bill Dunn will now be heard again on Tuesday, February 27, at 10:30 a.m. Click here to Email Committee Members Today! After years of focused efforts by pro-life lawmakers and principled leadership by Governor Haslam, Tennessee successfully implemented policy in 2011 which has resulted in millions of tax dollars being re-directed away from Planned Parenthood facilities in our state. Under Haslam's direction, an administrative process was established which prioritizes public health departments to receive the public funds appropriated for family planning programs rather than private non-profit organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Prior to 2011, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Tennessee received more than $1.1 million dollars annually. As Governor Haslam prepares to leave office, Tennessee Right to Life and pro-life legislators seek to make this administrative policy permanent by codifying it in state law. HB 2262 by Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) will be heard in the House Health Committee on Tuesday, February 27 at 10:30 a.m. (CST)

State House Committee to Vote on Re-Directing Family Planning Funds From Planned Parenthood Facilities

UPDATE: Vote delayed until Tuesday, 02/27/2018.  You still have time to email House Health Committee members.  Click on link below! Thank you! As a result of the strong response last week from pro-life Tennesseans, legislation to permanently re-direct the state's Title X funds away from Planned Parenthood was passed through the state House Health sub-committee. Tennessee Right to Life is particularly grateful to Chairman Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro) and Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) for their leadership in moving the pro-life bill forward. HB 2262 by Rep. Bill Dunn will now be heard on Tuesday, February 20, at 10:30 a.m. Please encourage members of the full House Health Committee to protect Tennessee tax-payers, abortion-vulnerable women and unborn children by voting YES on House Bill 2262. Click Here to Email Committee Members Today! Continue reading

State House Committee to Vote on Re-Directing Family Planning Funds From Planned Parenthood Facilities

After years of focused efforts by pro-life lawmakers and principled leadership by Governor Haslam, Tennessee successfully implemented policy in 2011 which has resulted in millions of tax dollars being re-directed away from Planned Parenthood facilities in our state. Under Haslam's direction, an administrative process was established which prioritizes public health departments to receive the public funds appropriated for family planning programs rather than private non-profit organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Prior to 2011, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Tennessee received more than $1.1 million dollars annually. Continue reading

Knoxville 2018 March for Life

MARCH FOR LIFE 2018 STATEMENT Tennessee Right to Life has received notice that certain groups are planning to disrupt this Sunday’s March for Life in Knoxville.  It is regrettable that any group or individual would attempt to draw attention to themselves and their own agendas at an event that is meant to focus on unborn children and their mothers in a peaceful and prayerful manner. Any group or individual that promotes white supremacy or other dehumanizing world views, are not in tandem with the position of Tennessee Right to Life on the value of every person’s dignity and life.  Our organization's march has a single agenda to support the rights of mothers and the unborn, and we don't agree with the violent agenda of white supremacists or Antifa. Tennessee Right to Life is working closely with the Knoxville Police Department to keep our supporters safe and away from harassment from these radical groups.

Pro-Life Vote Upheld on Amendment 1: Judges Rule Unanimously Against Planned Parenthood

JANUARY 9, 2018 - In a resounding victory for pro-life Tennesseans, Judges on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals have rejected a pro-abortion effort to overturn the 2014 voter passage of Amendment 1. "Although the subject of abortion rights will continue to be controversial in Tennessee and across our nation, it is time for uncertainty surrounding the people's 2014 approval and ratification of Amendment 1 to be put to rest," wrote Senior Judge David McKeague, a 2005 appointee of George W. Bush. Tennessee Right to Life expresses profound gratitude to the many supporters, advocates, and voters who sacrificed to see Amendment 1 placed on the ballot and passed by public vote. It was made necessary by a radical pro-abortion decision by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2000 which wrongly declared a so-called "fundamental right to abortion" in the Tennessee Constitution thereby making enforcement of common-sense protections impossible in Tennessee. Continue reading

US House passes legislation to protect pain-capable unborn children

Demonstrating pro-life dedication the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, October 3, passed landmark legislation, 237-189, to extend federal protections to unborn children who have reached 20 weeks fetal age, and those who are born alive during late abortions. Please thank the following Congressmen who both co-sponsored and voted in support of H.R. 36: Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Scott DesJarlais, Jimmy Duncan, Chuck Fleischmann, David Kustoff and Phil Roe, MD. Pro-abortion Tennessee Congressmen voting against H.R. 36: Steve Cohen and Jim Cooper. “This bill would save thousands of unborn babies annually from terribly painful deaths,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. Continue reading