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For immediate release: Monday, October 26, 2020, 7:10 PM CDT by National Right to Life Committee

U.S. SENATE CONFIRMS AMY CONEY BARRETT, 52-48 TO U.S. SUPREME COURT

WASHINGTON -- The president of the nation's oldest and largest pro-life organization this evening commended President Trump and Senate Republicans for overcoming intense political attacks to successfully seat Amy Coney Barrett as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Senate, including Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn, voted 52-48 to confirm Barrett, with all 47 Senate Democrats voting in opposition (joined by only a single Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine).

Carol Tobias, president of National Right Life, commented: "On behalf of Americans who treasure the rights protected by the Constitution, including the right to life, we commend President Trump and Senate Republicans for their landmark achievement of placing three advocates of judicial restraint on the Supreme Court. They accomplished this in the face of increasingly rabid political threats from Democrat-aligned interest groups and their media allies, and escalating threats of attacks on the independence of the Supreme Court by many Senate Democrats. I speak for millions of Americans who believe that the President, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, and the Republican Party collectively deserve our deepest gratitude and our energetic support."

Some have objected to Senate action on the Barrett nomination on grounds that "millions of Americans have already voted" in advance of the November 3 general election. NRL Senior Policy Advisor Douglas Johnson commented:  "Those who refer to this nomination and confirmation as 'illegitimate' speak constitutional nonsense and dangerous nonsense. Under the Constitution, two things are required to seat a Supreme Court justice -- the President's nomination, and the Senate's consent; in 2016 the Senate exercised its constitutional prerogative to withhold consent. The 100 senators who voted today were elected by about 125 million Americans, and they were elected to represent their constituents at least until January 3, 2021--most for years longer. All 100 discharged that constitutional function today. The constituents of senators in cycle will very soon have the opportunity to express their approval or disapproval of their senators' votes on Amy Coney Barrett. All of this is a fully legitimate exercise of the constitutional order."

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TENNESSEE RIGHT TO LIFE CONDEMNS DISTRICT COURT RULING

BASIC SAFEGUARD FOR WOMEN STRUCK DOWN

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - With complete disregard for the health and safety of Tennessee's women and unborn children, Senior United States District Judge Bernard A. Friedman has permanently enjoined enforcement of Tennessee's 48-hour waiting period.

This common sense policy, in effect since 2015, has resulted in the saving of countless unborn lives and a lack of regret by mothers who had time to further consider her decision following provision of informed consent information. The extra 48-hours also allowed mothers the opportunity to identify life-affirming resources in her community or region.

"Not only is this decision a slap at Tennessee's abortion-vulnerable women, it is an affront to Tennessee's voters who passed a 2014 constitutional amendment in which allowing a short waiting period was a key factor," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. "Our organization remains committed to seeing a similar statute drafted and enforced during the next legislative session," said Harris.

Judge Friedman in his ruling states "the mandatory waiting period is...gratuitously demeaning to women who have decided to have an abortion...provides no appreciable benefit to fetal life or women's mental and emotional health. On the contrary.....place women's physical and psychological health and well-being at risk."

Present during the 2019 court hearings, Tennessee Right to Life heard testimony from Dr. Priscilla Coleman, Bowling Green State University Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, that 25 - 40% of women seeking abortion arrive at the abortion facility undecided and through her research has found that information and time benefit women.

"This waiting period law was drafted in consultation with nationally renowned legal scholars in order to mirror similar laws across the country. We have no doubt that the Sixth Circuit will swiftly overturn Judge Friedman’s ruling.” said Will Brewer, legal counsel and legislative liaison for Tennessee Right to Life.

Tennessee Right to Life will continue advocating for protective, pro-life legislation and defending this law. Your active support is needed now more than ever.

 

NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE ON PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S U.S. SUPREME COURT NOMINEE:

JUDGE AMY CONEY BARRETT

WASHINGTON — President Trump today announced that he will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to fill the seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias was a guest of the White House during today’s announcement.

“We commend President Trump for his nomination of an impressively well-qualified judge to the Supreme Court,” said Tobias. “Judge Barrett has demonstrated a commitment to defending the text and history of the Constitution and the principles of judicial restraint.”

President Trump’s nominee stands in stark contrast with the judicial-legislative activists who would be nominated by Joe Biden. Joe Biden has promised to impose a litmus test of his nominees.

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NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE PRAISES PRESIDENT TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO LIFE OF NEWBORNS REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THEIR BIRTH

WASHINGTON — President Trump today took executive action to protect newborn babies, babies born with disabilities, and babies born alive following an abortion.

“President Trump’s executive order protects the youngest of patients and ensures that their right to life is defended to the greatest extent of the law,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. 

In the President’s remarks at today’s National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, President Trump announced “The Born Alive Executive Order” that would ensure the right to life to all newborns regardless of the circumstances of their birth.

President Trump said,

We believe in … the eternal truth that every child, born and unborn, is made in the Holy image of God ... I will always defend the sacred right to life. Today, I am announcing that I will be signing the Born Alive Executive Order to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve. This is our sacrosanct moral duty.

The executive order enforces and expands protections for babies who are born prematurely, born following an abortion, or born with disabilities.

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