Halt Elective Abortions in Tennessee
- 78.6% of abortions are among Tennessee residents ages 20 - 34
- 47% of confirmed COVID-19 cases are among Tennessee residents ages 21 - 40 (Tennessee Department of Health)
Despite the claims of some, abortions continue to be scheduled and performed at facilities across Tennessee. THIS MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY!
The lives of unborn children are at risk as is the health and wellbeing of women, girls, healthcare workers and first responders.
Governor Lee has expressed his "hope" and "expectation" that elective abortions will not be performed. But unless Executive Order #18 is enforced by the Tennessee Department of Health and the Attorney General, abortion profiteers such as Planned Parenthood, Choices of Memphis and others will continue to kill unborn children and put the health and lives of others at risk.
Photos from Nashville's Planned Parenthood facility throughout this week document that large numbers of abortion clients continue to be seen where 60.7% of confirmed COVID-19 cases among Nashville residents are ages 21 - 40. (Metropolitan Government of Nashville) Calls to Planned Parenthood to schedule abortions are met with giggles and laughs that they are continuing to schedule abortions and remain open. Choices of Memphis responded, "Lord have mercy, yes (we remain open)."
While churches and legitimate businesses remain shuttered, the abortion facilities are allowed to operate without restraint. THIS MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY .
Please contact the TN Department of Health at 615.741.3111 and ask them to enforce Executive Order #18 today.
All other elective surgeries are being halted---including hip replacements. Should abortions continue unabated?
Abortion Facilities Must Close
On Monday, March 23, Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order Number 18 regarding essential and non-essential medical services. In essence, the Order serves to define what services should remain available during the present health crisis. Common sense and a clear reading make plain that elective abortion procedures are non-essential.
Right now Tennessee Right to Life and other concerned citizens call upon our state government to place the health and safety of unborn children and abortion-vulnerable women above the profit motives of abortion facilities. Non-compliance will result in the deaths of unborn children and compromise the health and safety of women and families. First responders and health care workers are also placed in unnecessary danger.
Please contact Governor Bill Lee and urge him to specifically declare abortion as non-essential healthcare immediately.
Clicking on the link will take you to Governor Bill Lee's website. You will need to complete the webform and add your request in the 'Comments' section.
Abortion Industry's Response to COVID-19: "Business as Usual"
In response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, hospitals and other primary care facilities are rightly focused on this medical emergency. Federal and state governments have called for all elective surgeries to be rescheduled in order to ensure care for those in immediate need and to free up vital resources to treat those impacted by COVID-19.
The abortion industry is ignoring this call and instead is working to ensure there is no interruption in the destruction of unborn babies.
“The vast majority of abortions are elective procedures and despite calls on the national, state, and local level for all elective procedures to be postponed, abortion clinics are conducting business as usual,” stated Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “As hospitals struggle to provide care, find supplies to protect doctors, nurses, patients, and other hospital personnel, abortion clinics are endangering staff and patients in those same communities.”
Standing With You for Life in Tennessee
Tennessee Right to Life continues our pro-life work each day, regardless of challenges, because innocent lives hang in the balance.
As always, we are continuing to educate Tennesseans about the sanctity of human life and advocating for protective public policies. We go forward to promote civic involvement through the work of chapter development, voter registration, and the organization of an effective statewide grassroots movement.
And we remain available in the office each day to answer calls seeking abortion information and referrals to life-affirming resources for those facing an unexpected or unplanned pregnancy decision. You can reach us at 615.298.5433.
MOVING FORWARD FOR LIFE!
Over coming weeks, Tennessee Right to Life chapters will be hosting our annual Pro-Life Oratory Contest for High School Students. The contest is open to all high school students, grades 9 - 12, and provides a unique opportunity to train young pro-life leaders in researching and presenting the pro-life position.
Due to the closure of many public facilities, Tennessee Right to Life is providing an alternate means of participating in the local contests. Students can submit a YouTube video of their speech on our website prior to the local contest deadline. The same contest rules apply to live or video speeches. Click here for more information.
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION
Although the Tennessee General Assembly has delayed all legislation, Tennessee Right to Life will continue to advocate for passage of our priority legislation upon the Legislature's return later in the year.
The Abortion Pill Reversal Act (HB 2568/SB 2465) has passed House committees and is ready for a vote by the full House. Click here to hear a podcast by mother of child saved by abortion pill reversal.
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