Pro-Life Women Introduce Human Life Protection Act
RIGHT TO LIFE PROPOSAL SEEKS POST-ROE PROTECTIONS FOR WOMEN, GIRLS AND UNBORN CHILDREN
Nashville, February 13, 2019 - Today, pro-life female legislators introduced legislation supported by Tennessee Right to Life that, upon reversal of Roe v Wade, would restore full legal protections for unborn children. Speaking at a Capitol Hill press conference, state Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) joined state Representative Susan Lynn (R- Mt. Juliet) to explain the bill's objectives.
"With the possibility that there might soon exist a majority on the U.S. Supreme Court willing to give states greater latitude on the matter of abortion, we want to be pro-active to ensure that Tennessee continues to lead the way to the fullest possible protection for human life," said Gresham.
Rep. Lynn added "It has always been the priority of Tennessee's pro-life movement to restore protection to the largest number of unborn children and women in our state. While states like New York are moving to strip any limits to abortion--even at the moments just before birth---Tennessee wants to be known for protecting our children."
Unlike some other pro-life proposals, the Human Life Protection Act (SB 1257 / HB 1029)avoids constitutional challenges by taking effect upon reversal, in part or in full, of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court. It restores Tennessee's pre-Roe law and prohibits abortion except to save a mother's life. Such policies have been enacted in Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Similar legislation is presently being considered in other states such as Kentucky and Arkansas where it passed the state Senate last week.
"Medical technology and understanding have come so far in the past decades since Roe was decided, including the development of ultrasound imagery," said Stacy Dunn, vice-president of Tennessee Right to Life. "Such images make clear the humanity of unborn boys and girls and it's our responsibility to do everything constitutionally possible to protect them."
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Supreme Court Blocks Pro-Life Law
NASHVILLE, FEBRUARY 8, 2019 - Tennessee Right to Life expresses deep disappointment in the unwillingness of the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold even the most modest regulation of abortion facilities in Louisiana.
Similar to a 2012 Tennessee statute requiring abortion providers to hold admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the lower court had upheld the Louisiana law as constitutional. (Tennessee's law is unenforced following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a 2016 case called Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.)
Pro-abortion activists asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay Louisiana's pro-life law and Thursday evening, Chief Justice John Roberts joined pro-abortion justices to block the law from taking effect. Newly seated Justice Kavanaugh weighed in as to whether the pro-life law would violate the pro-abortion "undue burden standard" which was created by the court in the 1992 Casey decision.
Thursday's events demonstrate that it is still not timely to put an abortion ban before this court until a majority of justices have demonstrated a willingness to challenge the deadly precedents of Roe, Casey and now, Hellerstedt. To do otherwise invites the court to again reaffirm the pro-abortion holdings of these landmark cases.
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