National Right to Life Praises State Affiliates Asking that State and Federal Directives Apply to Abortion Facilities

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C.—As health care workers face the challenge of caring for a staggering number of patients with coronavirus, abortion facilities are conducting business as usual. National Right to Life’s state affiliates have led the way in urging state officials to close abortion facilities as non-essential medical services. Closing facilities would protect clients and staff from possible exposure to COVID-19 and free up medical supplies and personal protection equipment for use by hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. “We praise our state affiliates for leading the way in challenging the abortion industry’s ‘business as usual’ response to the coronavirus pandemic,” stated Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “During this time, it is vital that all available U.S. resources be focused on turning the tide of the pandemic.” Pro-abortion groups and their allies are challenging orders from governors in several states who are calling for a ban on all non-essential surgical procedures—including abortions. Federal and state officials have called for a halt to all elective surgeries so medical care can be focused on those in immediate need and personal protection equipment can be reserved for those on the frontlines in the pandemic. The abortion industry has ignored calls to close abortion facilities and is continuing to pursue the destruction of unborn babies for monetary gain. Continue reading

Halt Elective Abortions in TN

Gov. Lee, Close Down These Killing Centers Now! 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 . Continue reading

Abortion is Not Healthcare

Governor's Executive Order #18 STATE OF TENNESSEE EXECUTIVE ORDER BY THE GOVERNOR No.18 AN ORDER TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 BY LIMITING NONEMERGENCY HEALTH CARE PROCEDURES WHEREAS, emergency government action to limit the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to be prudent and necessary as the illness spreads rapidly throughout our community; and WHEREAS, on March 4, 2020, the first case of COVID-19 in the State of Tennessee was identified, and 504 additional cases of COVID-19 have since been identified in Tennessee, demonstrating a continued, increasing, and serious risk to the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans; and WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that the best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to it, and exposure mainly results from close person-toperson contact; and WHEREAS, unnecessary person-to-person contact within the healthcare community increases the risk of COVID-19 spreading to providers and patients throughout our healthcare system; and Continue reading

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.  Click Here to Contact Gov. Lee 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. Continue reading

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.” Continue reading

Standing With You for Life in TN

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. Continue reading

Tennessee Right to Life's Abortion Pill Reversal Act Passes House Health Committee, Advances to a Vote by Tennessee House of Representatives Contact Your State Representative Today House Bill 2568 sponsored by Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) would require abortion facilities to display signage informing women that a chemical abortion may be reversed following the first dose of a two-pill protocol and requires a physician to provide the same information during informed consent, 48 hours prior to the abortion procedure. HB 2568 passed the state House Health Committee on Tuesday, March 10 on a voice vote. The bill could now be voted on by the Tennessee House of Representatives as early as next week. Continue reading

Leap Day Action for LIFE

Tennessee Right to Life's Abortion Pill Reversal Act in House Health Committee on Tuesday Contact Committee Members Today House Bill 2568  sponsored by Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) would require abortion facilities to display signage informing women that a chemical abortion may be reversed following the first dose of a two-pill protocol and requires a physician to provide the same information during informed consent, 48 hours prior to the abortion procedure. The state House Health Committee will hear and vote on HB 2568 on Tuesday, March 3, at 9:00 am CST in House Hearing Room 1. Continue reading

Abortion Pill Reversal Act Passes House Health Subcommittee

Tennessee Right to Life Proposes Bill to Allow Abortion Pill Reversal Information Right to Life proposal seeks to provide life-saving information to women seeking abortion From the moment a woman takes the abortion pill, she has about 72 hours to change her mind and save her baby, because of the proven Abortion Pill Reversal protocol. More than one-third of abortions in the U.S. occur through the "abortion pill." As these numbers continue to rise, we know that no woman should ever feel forced to finish an abortion she regrets. Tennessee Right to Life seeks to ensure that women who are prescribed the abortion pill are given information about the abortion pill reversal protocol. House Bill 2568 sponsored by Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) and Senate Bill 2465 sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) would require abortion facilities to display a sign informing women that a chemical abortion may be reversed following the first dose of a two-dose protocol and requires a physician provide the same information during informed consent, 48 hours prior to the abortion. Continue reading

US Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

WASHINGTON – Today, February 11, 2020, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" to highlight the need for legislation that would extend federal legal protection to babies who are born alive during an abortion. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) chaired today's hearing and called for passage of S.130. "Pro-abortion Democrats oppose this bill and they should be forced to explain why their allegiance to the abortion industry's agenda should allow a practice that is tantamount to infanticide," said Jennifer Popik, J.D., legislative director of National Right to Life. "It is outrageous that a born-alive human person may be subjected to lethal violence with impunity or be treated as if she is medical waste." In Senator Sasse's opening remarks, he said, "This hearing is not about overturning Roe v. Wade. In fact, this hearing is not actually about limiting access to abortion at all. This hearing isn't a debate about third-trimester, or second-trimester, or first-trimester abortion. This hearing is about making sure that every newborn baby has a fighting chance—whether she's born in a labor and delivery ward or whether she's born in an abortion clinic." Continue reading