Pro-Life State Legislative Leader Retiring

"Rep. Dunn's prudence and persistence toward accomplishing pro-life goals have been key to establishing one of the most significant state records of Right to Life policy in the country." Karen Brukardt, TRL Board Member Raised by parents who served as early founders of Tennessee Right to Life in the 1970s, state Rep. Bill Dunn's pro-life roots run deep. His leadership during the 1990s as president of the local Right to Life chapter in Knoxville exemplified an astute understanding of pro-life politics and the importance of organizing advocates for effective action. Dunn's election to the state House in 1994 would prove pivotal in the fierce legislative battles that followed to promote meaningful pro-life policies, especially the sixteen-year effort to pass pro-life Amendment 1 in 2014. "It is hard to imagine a more important figure in Tennessee's pro-life legislative history," said Karen Brukardt, Tennessee Right to Life Board member, and former Legislative Liaison."Rep. Dunn's prudence and persistence toward accomplishing pro-life goals have been key to establishing one of the most significant state records of Right to Life policy in the country," said Brukardt.  "Tennessee remains the only state to have now passed both a pro-life amendment to our state Constitution as well as legislation to fully restore our state's pre-Roe laws upon overturn of the landmark ruling in whole or in part. Dunn's thoughtful guidance and careful counsel to pro-life leaders and legislators over the years has been instrumental in passing laws that are enforceable and effective in saving lives and helping women and families in need." Continue reading

Governor Lee Signs Human Life Protection Act

Act will ban abortion when Roe v. Wade is overtuned in whole or in part Continue reading

Planned Parenthood Withdraws From Title X Funding

Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced on Tuesday, August 20, that they will no longer participate in the federal Title X (ten) family planning program because of President Trump'sinsistence that abortion providers be excluded. Continue reading

Trump Administration and HHS take immediate action on Title X

The Trump Administration formally announced that it has begun immediately enforcing its Title X rules which state that grantees, such as Planned Parenthood, may not co-locate with abortion clinics or refer clients for abortion. “We praise the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their immediate enforcement of this reasonable policy,” said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. “This rule makes it very clear that abortion is not a method of family planning. We are very grateful for President Trump and his commitment to protecting innocent unborn babies and preventing taxpayer monies from subsidizing abortion clinics through Title X.”

Ninth Circuit Upholds Title X Rules

For immediate release: Thursday, July 11, 2019 For more information: Laura Echevarria, (202) 626-8825, mediarelations@nrlc.org  NINTH CIRCUIT, IN 7-4 DECISION, LETS STAND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REINSTATEMENT OF TITLE X FUNDING RULE WASHINGTON -- In a 7-4 decision, the 9th Circuit Court today let stand its June 20th decision to lift injunctions that would bar enforcement of the Trump Administration's reinstatement of Title X funding rules. The rules would prevent federal grants from being used by facilities performing, or referring for, abortions. "National Right to Life praises the Ninth Circuit for its decision," stated National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. "We thank President Trump for his continued leadership in protecting the most vulnerable among us." Prior to President Trump re-establishing the Protect Life Rule, existing Title X regulations blurred the line between abortion and family planning. Today's decision abides by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the original rule. Continue reading

National Right to Life Endorses Trump

For immediate release: Thursday, July 4, 2019  For more information: NRLC 2019 Press Office, (202) 642-1675, mediarelations@nrlc.org National Right to Life Endorses President Trump for Re-Election NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – On the eve of its 49th annual convention, the National Right to Life Committee, the federation of state right-to-life affiliates and local chapters, today endorsed pro-life President Donald Trump for his re-election. "As our nation celebrates Independence Day, we are proud to endorse the only presidential candidate who stands for the unalienable right to life," said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee. "From his first day in office, President Trump and his Administration have been dedicated to advancing policies that protect the fundamental right to life for the unborn, the elderly, and the medically dependent and disabled." Continue reading

National Right to Life praises Trump Administration on fetal tissue research regs

The following statement can be attributed to Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life: Today's decision by HHS to no longer allow the use of fetal tissue in internal research reflects the goal of President Trump and his administration to promote respect for all human life. As HHS continues to advocate the use of alternatives to fetal tissue research and review future requests regarding the use of fetal tissue in external research, we know that this president and his administration will continue to do all that they can to ensure protection for the most vulnerable members of society. Continue reading

Tennessee House Joins Senate, Passes Human Life Protection Act

Bans Abortion When Roe v. Wade is Overturned Tennessee Right to Life applauds final passage of the Human Life Protection Act which will take effect upon the reversal of Roe v Wade, in whole or in part, by the U.S. Supreme Court. It will enact the full restoration of Tennessee's protective pre-Roe laws. The act restores the right of Tennesseans to decide these public policies on abortion for ourselves. "It has always been the priority of Tennessee's pro-life movement to restore the fullest possible protection to the largest number of unborn children and women in our state," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. "While states like New York are moving to strip any limits to abortion--even at the moments before birth---Tennessee wants to be known for protecting our children." Continue reading

State Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Human Life Protection Act

Tennessee Right to Life expresses full support and appreciation to state Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) for his principled Pro-life leadership. As chairman of the influential state Senate Judiciary Committee, Bell helped on Tuesday to shepherd passage of the Human Life Protection Act sponsored by Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville). If enacted this “trigger law” mirrors those in a growing number of states and guarantees the full restoration of Tennessee’s protective laws when Roe vs. Wade is overturned in whole or in part. Tennessee’s strongly protective Pro-life statutes were stripped off the state law books following Roe vs. Wade and must be restored in order to fully protect Tennessee’s women, girls and unborn children from abortion. Additionally, Chairman Mike Bell gracefully guided debate and testimony on Tuesday evening which resulted in the proposed “heartbeat bill” being scheduled for further testimony and deliberation in August. Many Pro-life observers have noted that Tennessee’s proposed Heartbeat law is not significantly different from those already struck down in each state where it has been passed. Building a legislative record of findings could provide for a stronger legal defense should the “heartbeat bill” be challenged, as it inevitably will be, if passed by the Tennessee legislature.  Continue reading

State House Committee to Vote on Discharge Petition for Human Life Protection Act

Following the recent sub-committee defeat of the Human Life Protection Act (HB 1029) by Rep. Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet), members of the full House Health Committee have agreed to consider a "discharge petition" which would allow the bill to be brought forward to the full committee for consideration.  The Health Committee will meet on Wednesday morning, April 10, at 8:00 a.m. (CDT) Without being "discharged" to the full committee, this pro-life legislation will be dead for the session. Your contact is urgently needed right now and likely represents the most important pro-life action you can take this year.  For more background, please see https://conta.cc/2JPTnR1. Please immediately contact members of the House Health Committee. Continue reading