U.S. SUPREME COURT DENIES REQUEST TO OVERTURN PRO-LIFE AMENDMENT 1
SIXTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS' UNANIMOUS DECISION STANDS
NASHVILLE, OCTOBER 1, 2018 - Responding to today’s announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding pro-life Amendment 1, Tennessee Right to Life offered the following comments:
"Today’s announcement is cause for great celebration among Tennessee’s pro-life movement,” said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. “This is the culmination of many years work and Tennessee Right to Life is especially grateful to our state’s voters, legislators, election officials and Attorney General Slatery for staying the course. “
"The people’s voices have been heard and their votes have been counted," said Harris. "Now we have to continue to work for the day when every life is again protected by the laws of our state and nation.”
For most Tennessee voters, pro-life Amendment 1 was decided on November 4, 2014 when it was approved 53-47%. But several days later former Planned Parenthood board chair Tracey George joined 7 other pro-abortion activists in filing a legal challenge in Federal Court contesting the manner in which the state tabulated the votes and claiming discrimination against pro-abortion voters.
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Tennessee Right to Life Responds to Bredesen Statement on Kavanaugh
PRO-LIFE GROUP RECALLS FORMER GOVERNOR'S OPPOSITION TO LEGISLATION
NASHVILLE, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 - Tennessee Right to Life weighed in on the U.S. Senate race Friday citing Bredesen's pro-abortion record as governor. "Mr. Bredesen is attempting to muddy his position on abortion but many Tennesseans recall his refusal to sign legislation preventing abortion from becoming a funded benefit in health care plans," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life.
In 2010, during Bredesen's second term, the Legislature overwhelmingly passed language to opt out of pro-abortion mandates of the Affordable Care Act. The law states "No health care plan required to be established in this state through an exchange pursuant to federal health care reform legislation enacted by the 111th Congress shall offer coverage for abortion services. It passed the state House 70-23 and the state Senate 27-3. Bredesen refused to sign the legislation and it became law despite his opposition.
"The former governor is trying to have it both ways when it comes to abortion," said Harris. "By refusing to take a position on the Kavanaugh nomination, Mr. Bredesen is attempting to appear neutral in order to win election in a pro-life state. On Wednesday Bredesen told reporters that Kavanaugh's position on abortion is "certainly not as important to me as it is for some Democrats" and refused to say whether he supports the Kavanaugh nomination.
"Mr. Bredesen is trying to play both sides but most Tennesseans strongly favor the confirmation of the president's judicial nominees, including Kavanaugh" said Harris. "It should be no secret or surprise where Bredesen will come down on future nominations if elected to the U.S. Senate. His record shows it will not be on the side of vulnerable unborn children," Harris concluded.
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