On Friday, on the 43rd anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Texas against a challenge to the state’s quality standards for abortion providers–Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole. Texas requires, as do many states, that abortionists have hospital admitting privileges and that abortion clinics meet the same standards as other ambulatory surgery clinics. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the Texas laws. Key to the case is the level of scrutiny federal courts should apply to decide if such laws are constitutional. The NRLC brief addressed the Court’s “undue burden” scrutiny, explaining that the Fifth Circuit correctly followed that applicable test. Continue reading
Thank you to members of Tennessee's congressional delegation who voted on Wednesday to defund Planned Parenthood's abortion empire by redirecting tax dollars to ethical health providers who neither promote nor perform abortions. Voting to re-direct funds were Congressmen Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Scott DesJarlais, Jimmy Duncan, Stephen Fincher, Chuck Fleischmann, and Phil Roe, MD. Voting to continue funding Planned Parenthood were pro-abortion Congressmen Steve Cohen and Jim Cooper. Continue reading
Data released by the Tennessee Department of Health shows a continued dramatic decrease in the number of abortions being sought by women residing in Tennessee. 9,861 abortions were reported in 2014 which represents an 11% decrease from the 11,134 resident abortions in 2013. This is the lowest number since 1975! More details and analysis.
The state's oldest and largest pro-life organization expresses profound sadness and concern at reports of a Murfreesboro woman accused of attempting to self-abort her viable unborn child. According to media reports, a 31-year-old Rutherford county woman has been indicted and jailed on charges of attempted first-degree murder following an alleged attempt to self-abort her 24-week-old unborn baby. The woman and child both survived and the child is said to face a future of serious health challenges as a result of the attempted abortion. Tennessee Right to Life urges women, girls and families facing an unexpected or difficult pregnancy to contact a local pregnancy resource center, adoption agency or county health department. "There is help and support available to any woman or girl facing the prospect of a difficult pregnancy and no one has to face this challenge alone," said Karen Brukardt, spokeswoman at Tennessee Right to Life. Continue reading
Citing a Texas case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, lower court Judge Kevin Sharp has agreed to a request made by both the state and pro-abortion lawyers asking that further action on the Tennessee lawsuit be delayed until after the nation's highest court rules on Texas laws which are "substantially similar" to Tennessee's pro-life laws. Those health and safety safeguards include informed consent and waiting period for women and girls considering abortion, state inspection and regulation of abortion facilities and the 2012 requirement that abortion providers hold admitting privileges at a local hospital. Click here for more information about the court case.
While it remains unclear whether last Friday's violent attack in Colorado Springs was motivated by opposition to Planned Parenthood , pro-life leaders throughout the nation have condemned the shootings as contradictory to the philosophy and goals of the Right to Life movement. Tennessee Right to Life has consistently opposed violence and intimidation against abortion providers recognizing that the life of abortion center staff is equally sacred and worthy of protection. "We speak out for life and insist that the way to achieve protection for unborn children is not through the taking of other lives. There is no justification for acts of deadly violence and most especially acts perpetrated in the name of a movement committed to justice and the protection of human life." (January 29, 1998.) National Right to Life Condemns Acts of Violence in Colorado Springs Why National Right to Life always has and always will condemn violence in the strongest possible terms
Thank you Governor Haslam As unlicensed abortion owner-operators Gary Boyle and Wesley Adams continue their lawsuit to block the inspection and regulation of their facilities, pro-life Governor Bill Haslam has announced significant policy changes being implemented by his administration toward increased oversight and regulation of the state's other four surgical abortion facilities. Among reforms recently enacted by the Tennessee Department of Health are unannounced inspections of the licensed facilities in order to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations, strengthened record-keeping requirements by the licensed facilities related to the disposition of fetal remains, and a simplified process to report complaints against surgical facilities. Continue reading
While the state of Tennessee continues the legal fight to require inspection of abortion facilities owned by Drs. Gary Boyle and Wesley Adams, health authorities in South Carolina have cited a Charleston abortion facility, also owned by infamous abortionists Boyle and Adams. A September 2015 inspection by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control found that the abortion facility has misrepresented the amount of "medical waste" being disposed. While reporting their "waste" as zero, state inspectors conducted an on-site review of the facility and determined that the facility generates an estimated amount of twenty pounds per month of "pathological waste." Continue reading
U.S. HOUSE PASSES PRO-LIFE RECONCILIATION BILLBill would curtail flow of federal taxpayer dollars to nation’s abortion giant WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act,” (H.R. 3762), 240-189. (See how TN Congressmen voted below) Among other things, the bill would block, for one year, most federal payments to affiliates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). In advance of the vote, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of state right-to-life organizations, advised House members that the roll call on passage of the bill would be included in NRLC's scorecard of key right-to-life votes, and added, "Our members and affiliates will view the roll calls on H.R. 3762 as votes for or against stripping $400 million from Planned Parenthood." H.R. 3762 is a special type of legislation called a "reconciliation bill." This means that it cannot be blocked in the Senate by the filibuster, which has been the main obstacle to previous attempts to pass legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. Nevertheless, the bill faces formidable obstacles in the Senate. Continue reading
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Friday, October 23, on the "pro-life reconciliation bill" (H.R. 3762). This is a fast-track bill containing multiple pro-life provisions. Your immediate action is needed in support of this historic pro-life measure! H.R. 3762 is a special once-a-year measure called the "reconciliation bill." Unlike almost every other kind of bill, the "reconciliation bill" cannot be filibustered in the U.S. Senate -- so it can pass with only 51 votes, rather than 60 (of 100 senators). Republicans currently hold a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate, 54-46. Continue reading