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On May 1, Middle Tennessee Federal Judge, Eli Richardson, blocked the city of Mount Juliet from enforcing a zoning ordinance which required facilities that perform surgical abortions to be located in industrial zones. Judge Richardson is a 2018 appointee of President Trump.

Abortion profiteers, Carafem, opened in Mount Juliet in March of 2019 aborting babies by prescribing the abortion pill, RU 486, up to 11 weeks of pregnancy. More recently they have announced plans to kill unborn children with surgical abortions in the future.

The Mount Juliet Commission introduced codes limiting surgical abortions to industrial zones and approved the provisions on April 8, 2019. This prevented Carafem from expanding to surgical abortions. The ACLU of Tennessee and Carafem filed the lawsuit in Federal court against the city of Mount Juliet on December 18, 2019 claiming the zoning changes placed an "undue burden" on women seeking abortion in Tennessee.

Mount Juliet is now in the process of removing the zoning restrictions.

"The ruling underscores the importance of pursuing policies which can be upheld as constitutional rather than allowing for the possibility of establishing precedent in support of abortion rights," Tennessee Right to Life President Brian Harris said. "It is a grievous wrong to hurt women and kill the unborn, especially in a pro-life community that has made clear that they don't want abortions occurring there."

"Hopefully the citizens of Mount Juliet will continue to stand for life and promote policies and strategies that will practically benefit women, girls and unborn children."

Diana and our staff continue to consult daily with women considering abortion and offer real solutions. We are thankful to be here for these women and fighting for them and their unborn babies.

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Elevating non-essential elective surgical abortions above every other procedure in Tennessee, Federal District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled late Friday that Governor Lee's Executive Order 25 prohibiting non-essential surgeries threatens the so-called abortion right of women in Tennessee.

Abortion profiteers including ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Choices of Memphis, Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health, and Dr. Looney joined with the unlicensed Boyle abortion center in Bristol to demand a return of surgical abortions which appeared to have been temporarily halted across the state. However, chemical RU486 abortions had continued unabated and account for roughly 40% of all abortion procedures.

Judge Friedman writes, "Delaying a woman’s access to abortion even by a matter of days can result in her having to undergo a lengthier and more complex procedure that involves progressively greater health risks or can result in her losing the right to obtain an abortion altogether. Therefore, plaintiffs have demonstrated that enforcement of EO-25 causes them irreparable harm."

"In terms of balancing the harm to others, plaintiffs argue convincingly that the irreparable harm they would suffer without injunctive relief, which includes violation of their constitutional rights, “vastly outweigh[s]” any “temporary reduction of PPE” resulting from the enforcement of EO-25."

Even worse, the pro-abortion Judge has indicated a willingness to block the 48 hour waiting period and the state ban on use of telemedicine for dispensing RU486 without a woman being seen by a physician.

Tennessee Right to Life blasted the ruling saying "Churches are closed and other legitimate healthcare services are barred in order to protect the public health. However, surgical abortions which kill unborn children and harm women and families must be allowed according to Judge Friedman, even in the midst of a global pandemic. The public should recognize how radical the pro-abortion movement is in that they put the profit of abortion above every other matter, including risking the lives of abortion workers, legitimate healthcare workers who need PPE and first responders."

"We thank the Attorney General for an excellent defense of the state's position asking for enforcement of the Governor's order barring non-essential surgeries," said Tennessee Right to Life. "State Attorney Alex Rieger was well prepared and did an exceptional job in presenting common sense concerns about conducting surgical abortions during a health crisis."

Rieger argued that the order, which extends through April 30, was designed to protect the state's supplies of PPE during the predicted peak....allowing abortions during that window of time would cause "irreparable harm to Tennessee's authority to protect it's citizens." Tennessee Right to Life joined the judicial teleconference call on Friday morning and applauds Rieger who rightly called abortions "non-urgent procedures that are not emergencies." 



For immediate release: Thursday, April 16, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.—National Right to Life has praised President Trump and his administration for the Civil Rights Bulletin issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which provides guidance on ensuring equal protection to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We thank President Trump and FEMA Administrator Phil Gaynor for efforts to protect the most vulnerable in our society,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “The guidelines from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help ensure that regardless of ability or disability, age, origin or chronic health issues, patients are treated equally.”

FEMA’s guidelines follow those released by the Office of Civil Rights in response to news reports of proposed rationing guidelines.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the guidelines to state, local, tribal, and territorial partners” stating that entities should:

Make medical treatment decisions, including denials of care under Crisis Standards of Care and allocation of ventilators, after an individualized consideration of each person, free from stereotypes and biases, including generalizations and judgments about the individual’s quality of life or relative value to society, based on the individual’s disability, age, race, income level, or any protected basis. This individualized consideration should be based on current objective medical evidence and the expressed views of the patients themselves as opposed to unfounded assumptions.

“Our health care system is designed to save lives,” Tobias continued. “No one facing the serious health issues from a coronavirus diagnosis should worry about whether they will receive the care they need because of their age or disability.”

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