For immediate release: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 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. Continue reading

President Trump Issues Letter to Pro-Life Americans

Promises Four More Years of Right to Life Leadership When Re-Elected WASHINGTON — On Thursday, September 3, President Trump released a letter to pro-life Americans promising that “With your help, I will win re-election, ensuring we have another four years to fight in the trenches for unborn children and their mothers.” “President Trump has been unflinching in his leadership on the right to life,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “In contrast, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would support abortion on demand at any time, any where, for any reason and paid for with taxpayer funds.” President Trump noted the contrast between his “bold pro-life leadership with Joe Biden’s abortion extremism.” The Democratic Party unequivocally supports abortion on-demand, up until the moment of birth, and even infanticide — leaving babies to die after failed abortions. Joe Biden’s embrace of this extreme position is most evidenced by his support for taxpayer funding of abortion on-demand. Forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions is an abhorrent position that must be defeated at the ballot box. Joe Biden has doubled down on these positions with his selection of abortion extremist Kamala Harris as his running mate. “The proposed policies of Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris would roll back the clock on pro-life protections for women and their unborn children,” said Tobias. “President Trump will ensure that we continue moving forward during the next four years when he is re-elected.” Continue reading

The Democratic Party's Version Of "America's Promise" Promises Unborn Children No Future

For immediate release: Thursday, August 20, 2020 WASHINGTON — As the last day of the Democratic National Convention opens, the Democratic Party’s nominee for President, Joe Biden, will take the stage and accept the party’s nomination. But contrary to tonight’s convention theme of “America’s Promise,” a Biden/Harris ticket will fail in making America’s Promise possible for the most vulnerable among us: the unborn child. “A Biden/Harris ticket will be the most pro-abortion ticket in history,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee. “Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support radical abortion policies. A Biden/Harris administration would roll back protective legislation such as the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to pay for abortion on demand.” Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support the Democratic platform of unlimited abortion even through birth. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have both been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America. In their release endorsing Joe Biden, NARAL pointed out that a Biden/Harris presidency would “expand access” to abortion. In addition, NARAL also noted the real promises that a Biden/Harris administration would fulfill by promising to “only appoint judges” that would uphold Roe v. Wade and support the repeal of the Hyde Amendment. They also praised the Biden/Harris ticket for promising to reverse the Mexico City Policy which prevents federal tax dollars from being used by organizations that perform or promote abortions overseas. Continue reading

The Perfect 36: 100 Years of Voting and Women Leading the Pro-life movement in Tennessee

On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 'Perfect 36' by passing the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which granted women the right to vote. Governor Roberts certified Tennessee's ratification on August 24 and it officially became a part of the U.S. Constitution on August 26. Congratulations to Tennessee and to women across the country. Tennessee women played a pivotal role in rallying support for the vote on August 18 and Tennessee women continue to play leading roles in carrying out TN Right to Life's mission to promote public respect for the dignity of every human life. Ann Brayley served as the first President of Tennessee Right to Life in 1975 and some of the women currently leading the way include: Stacy Dunn - Exec. Director of Tennessee Right to Life Knox County and Vice President of Tennessee Right to Life Trecia Dillingham - President of Wilson County Right to Life and Secretary of Tennessee Right to Life Katy Brown - Former Director of Church Outreach and current board member Karen Brukardt - Former legislative liaison for Tennessee Right to Life and current board member Caren Jordan - President of Crockett/Haywood Counties Right to Life and current board member Kanda Mowbray - President of Dickson County Right to Life and current board member Lorene Steffes - Former Yes on 1 grassroots trainer and current board member A majority of our staff and volunteers are women that are working every day to protect Life.  Continue reading

The Democratic Party Fails "We the People"

For immediate release: Monday, August 17, 2020 National Right to Life: The Democratic Party Fails “We the People” WASHINGTON — As the Democratic National Convention begins, the Democratic Party’s theme for the evening is “We the People,” but the party has grossly failed to protect the most vulnerable among us and, instead, has become the party of abortion. “Leaders of the Democratic Party are working in lock-step with pro-abortion groups and their demands,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “The Democratic Party and its leadership have failed vulnerable women and their unborn babies.” If elected, Democratic Party candidates for president and vice-president, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, respectively, would be the most pro-abortion administration in history. A Biden/Harris administration would seek to: enshrine abortion on demand in federal law; appoint justices who will uphold abortion on demand; reverse the Trump Administration’s pro-life policies; reverse President Trump’s Title X rule that prevents pro-abortion groups from promoting or referring for abortions; promote abortion around the world by reversing the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance program which prevents federal taxpayer dollars from being used by abortion groups to perform or promote abortion overseas; abolish the Hyde Amendment and use federal tax dollars to pay for abortion on demand. Continue reading

National Right to Life Endorses Bill Hagerty for U.S. Senate

For immediate release: Thursday, August 13, 2020 National Right to Life EndorsesBill Hagerty for Election to the U.S. Senate WASHINGTON — National Right to Life, the nation’s largest pro-life group with affiliates in all 50 states and over 3,000 local chapters nationwide, has endorsed Bill Hagerty for election to the United States Senate from Tennessee. “National Right to Life is pleased to endorse Bill Hagerty for election to the U.S. Senate,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Bill Hagerty supports compassionate proposals to safeguard unborn children and their mothers from the pain of abortion.” Bill Hagerty supports the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislation would protect unborn children at 20 weeks, a point by which the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods. Continue reading

Kamala Harris Announced as Biden Running Mate

For immediate release: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Joe Biden Chooses Senator Kamala Harris as His Running Mate, National Right to Life Documents Her 0% Pro-life Voting Record WASHINGTON—Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden today announced that Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) would be his vice-presidential running mate. By picking Senator Harris, Joe Biden has reaffirmed his commitment to abortion on demand at any time for any reason and paid for by taxpayers. Kamala Harris is the poster child for the extreme pro-abortion position of the Democratic Party. As a U.S. senator, Kamala Harris has a 0% rating from the National Right to Life Committee. By contrast, Sen. Harris’ abortion extremism earned her a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Sen. Harris supports a policy of abortion on demand at any time, any where, and under any circumstances,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Sadly, both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris see the lives of precious unborn babies as expendable. Joe Biden could not have picked a more extreme pro-abortion running mate.”  Tobias added, “Sen. Harris is so extreme on abortion she opposes even the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, legislation to protect unborn children from abortion after 20 weeks, when they are capable of feeling excruciating pain during dismemberment or other late abortion methods.” Continue reading

Judge Suspends FDA Rule Requiring In-Person Doctor’s Visit Before Mifepristone Abortion

WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Monday, July 13, U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang suspended the FDA rule, which among other things, requires a woman to have an in-person doctor’s visit before undergoing a chemical (“medication”) abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Associated Press, Judge Chuang “concluded that the ‘in-person requirements’ for patients seeking medication abortion care impose a ‘substantial obstacle’ to abortion patients.” Judge Chuang’s “ruling will allow healthcare providers to arrange for mifepristone to be mailed or delivered to patients” during the pandemic. “We are dismayed at Judge Chuang’s decision to suspend the FDA requirement,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “The end goal of the abortion industry is to have the drugs sent through the mail making possible ‘Do-It-Yourself’ abortions. However, this is not some benign ‘take-two-aspirin’ treatment.” Under the FDA’s “Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy” (REMS), only FDA-approved entities can distribute mifepristone, one of the two-drugs that make up the medication abortion technique. Continue reading

National Right to Life Praises U.S. Supreme Court Decision for Upholding the Right of Conscience in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania WASHINGTON, JUNE 8, 2020—The U.S. Supreme Court this morning ruled in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor in a decision that protected the elderly nuns’ right of conscience. The vote was 7-2 with Justice Clarence Thomas writing the opinion of the Court. President Trump’s appointees Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch joined Chief Justice Roberts andJustice Alitoin the majority opinion offered by Justice Thomas. Justices Kagan and Breyer concurred with the Court’s judgment with Justice Kagan writing a concurring opinion joined by Justice Breyer. “One of our most fundamental rights is the right to the free exercise of our beliefs and that these beliefs are not trampled by government overreach,”said CarolTobias, president of National Right to Life.“We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court recognized the importance of protecting conscience rights.” The case against the Little Sisters of the Poor is part of a long-standing attempt by pro-abortion groups and their allies, going back decades, to chip away at conscience rights protections. The Supreme Court heard a vigorous debate over whether these Catholic nuns, and others with religious and moral objections, are bound by a mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under a provision of ObamaCare. The mandate would force them to provide health insurance coverage for products and procedures they find “morally unacceptable.” Continue reading

U.S. Supreme Court Remands Indiana Ultrasound and Parental Notifications Appeals to United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit WASHINGTON, JULY 2, 2020 — As the U.S. Supreme Court reaches the end of its current term, the Justices today granted writs of certiorari in two of three Indiana abortion appeals cases vacating the decisions and sending them back to the lower court for further review. “We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court recognized the importance of these laws by sending them back to the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for review,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. In Indiana, the ultrasound law requires that a woman seeking an abortion is given the opportunity to view an ultrasound of her unborn baby at least 18 hours prior to an abortion. This law was blocked by the Seventh Circuit. The U.S. Supreme Court also sent back to the Seventh Circuit for review a parental notification law which the Seventh Circuit had blocked. Studies continue to show the positive impacts these laws have in significantly reducing the rates of abortion, birth, and pregnancy rates among minors. “A woman has the right to know what her child looks like before making an irreversible decision that takes the life of her child,” said Tobias. “Parents also have the right to be involved in their minor daughter’s abortion decision.” “Parental involvement laws have been upheld for decades so the prospect of Indiana's law being upheld is good. And Indiana's ultrasound law presents a novel question but also does not create a substantial obstacle to access to abortion, so it too should be upheld,” said James Bopp, Jr., General Counsel to National Right to Life. “Of course, the pro-abortion Justices want to strike these laws now but Republican-appointed Justices refused to do this. The stark choice this November could not be clearer.” Continue reading