TENNESSEE RIGHT TO LIFE CONDEMNS SUPREME COURT RULING BASIC SAFEGUARDS FOR WOMEN STRUCK DOWN NASHVILLE, JUNE 29, 2020 - Leaving health and lives of women and unborn children at risk, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled against basic regulation of abortion facilities. "Those who believe an abortion ban will be upheld as constitutional should note the lack of votes for the most basic protections for women and children," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. The state's oldest and largest pro-life organization criticized today's ruling as unfair, unjust, and unwise. "Women seeking abortions have, at a minimum, the right to be fully informed in a facility inspected by the state department of health (TDOH.)" "Abortion profiteers care nothing about women's health much less the right to life of unborn children." Pro-life advocates must reevaluate our legislative strategies to determine the most effective way to save women and children from the pain and destruction of abortion decisions. # # #

For immediate release: Monday June 29, 2020 For more information: Laura Echevarria, (202) 626-8825, mediarelations@nrlc.org National Right to Life Says U.S. Supreme Court Wrong in June Medical, L.L.C. v. Russo WASHINGTON— Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Louisiana’s 2014 “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act” in a 5-4 decision. The law was before the High Court in June Medical Services, L.L.C. v. Russo. “We are extremely disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Louisiana’s 2014 ‘Unsafe Abortion Protection Act,’” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Louisiana’s law leaves women vulnerable.” President Trump’s appointees Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch joined Justices Alito and Thomas in dissenting from the decision and voting to uphold Louisiana’s protective law. "We are pleased that the two Justices appointed by President Trump voted to protect women and to uphold the Louisiana pro-life law. However, Chief Justice Roberts' vote is a big disappointment. He is apparently adhering to an extreme view of stare decisis,” said James Bopp, Jr., general counsel for National Right to Life. “This decision demonstrates how difficult it is to drain the D.C. swamp and how important it is that President Trump gets re-elected so that he may be able to appoint more pro-life Justices.” Continue reading

Tennessee Senate Joins House To Pass Pro-Life Abortion Pill Reversal Act

Early this morning, June 19th, the Tennessee Senate passed legislation that includes Tennessee Right to Life's priority Abortion Pill Reversal Act, Senate Bill 2465/House Bill 2568  . Sponsored by Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville), Representative Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) and Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), the law will require abortion facilities to display signage informing women that a chemical (RU486) abortion may be reversed following the first dose of a two-pill protocol. It also requires a physician to directly provide the same information during informed consent, 48 hours prior to the abortion procedure. The Pro-Life bill was passed by the Senate 23 - 5. Last week the state House led the way in passing the Tennessee Right to Life legislation 71-22-1. Please thank the sponsors for their work and dedication towards protecting women and unborn children. Click Here to Thank the Sponsors Today! Continue reading

Planned Parenthood Endorses Biden for President

For immediate release: Monday, June 15, 2020 Planned Parenthood’s New Best Friend: Joe Biden WASHINGTON—The following statement can be attributed to Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life: Planned Parenthood’s new best friend is Joe Biden who supports abortion on demand and taxpayer funding for abortion. In his career as a U.S. Senator, Joe Biden voted for the pro-life Hyde Amendment. However, as the more extreme elements of the Democrat Party took control, Biden flip-flopped last year. His endorsement today by the Parenthood Action Fund is the result of his mental gymnastics and desire for political gain. Planned Parenthood performed 345,672 abortions in 2018 continuing its role as the nation’s single largest abortion provider. Planned Parenthood and their pro-abortion allies repeatedly scorn any restrictions on abortion or any protective legislation for women and their unborn children. The Democrat Party and its presumptive presidential nominee, former vice president Joe Biden, have kowtowed to this radicalism. Planned Parenthood has even gone so far as to trample on the rights of conscience, filing an amicus brief opposing the Little Sisters of the Poor in their case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Joe Biden has embraced Planned Parenthood’s zeal for abortion on demand, at any time, for any reason—and funded by taxpayers. President Trump and his administration have made a commitment to protect all innocent human life. The stark contrast between Joe Biden and President Trump could not be greater. Planned Parenthood has characterized this election as “a life and death election.” On this we can agree. If Joe Biden wins in November, more babies and more babies will die. Continue reading

TN Senate Delaying Vote on Pro-Life Abortion Pill Reversal Act

Contact Your State Senator Today for Action on Bill Urgent: Please Contact Your State Senator Today The Tennessee Senate has placed the Abortion Pill Reversal Act, Senate Bill 2465 sponsored by Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville), on a calendar that they are not planning to consider this session. The bill 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. Last week, the state House overwhelmingly passed the legislation by a vote of 71-22-1. Before the legislation can become law, the Senate must take action. Please contact your state Senator today and ask for SB 2465 to be considered in the state Senate before adjourning for the year. Continue reading

Sixth Circuit Decision Allowing Dismemberment Abortion Was Wrong

National Right to Life Says 6th Circuit Decision Allowing Dismemberment Abortion Was Wrong For immediate release: Friday, June 5, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Tuesday, a divided 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld a permanent injunction granted in 2019 by U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley, who found Kentucky’s House Bill 454 unconstitutional on the grounds that the law would create a “substantial obstacle” to a woman’s right to an abortion. House Bill 454 would have prevented living unborn babies from being torn apart limb by limb. Currently, 12 states have passed dismemberment laws. Of those, two are in effect and one is partially in effect. “It was wrong for the 6th Circuit to allow these cruel dismemberment abortions to continue,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “A living baby is torn apart, limb from limb, while in her mother’s womb. It’s a horrific death for an unborn child.” Continue reading

Tennessee House Passes Pro-Life Abortion Pill Reversal Act Senate Judiciary Committee Scheduled to Hear Bill Today Urgent: Please Contact Senate Judiciary Committee Members Today Tennessee Right to Life applauds the Tennessee House of Representatives for passing the Abortion Pill Reversal Act, HB 2568. 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. On Monday evening, the House overwhelmingly passed the legislation by a vote of 71-22-1. Thank you to Representatives Robin Smith (R-Hixson) and Debra Moody (R-Covington) for leading the effort to defeat pro-abortion amendments offered by two Democrat legislators. Before the legislation can become law, the Senate must take action. Senate Bill 2465 sponsored by Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) is on the Senate Judiciary Committee calendar for today, June 2. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm CDT. Please Contact Senate Judiciary Committee Members Today Continue reading

Tennessee Pro-Life Vote on Abortion Pill Reversal Bill Today

UPDATE: House Bill 2568 passes the Tennessee House, 71-22-1.  Thank you to the bill sponsor, Rep. Jeremy Faison, and to Representatives Robin Smith and Debra Moody for leading the effort to defeat Pro-abortion amendments. 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 Tennessee House of Representatives will hear and vote on HB 2568 today, June 1, at 5:00 pm CDT. The bill is the second on the calendar for today's session. Women and girls are continuing to seek abortions and calling Right to Life for assistance. NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT! Continue reading

Judge Blocks Pro-Life Officials

Mount Juliet Cannot Ban Surgical Abortions On May 1, Middle Tennessee Federal Judge, Eli Richardson, blocked the city of Mount Juliet from enforcing a zoning ordinance which required facilities that perform surgical abortions to be located in industrial zones. Judge Richardson is a 2018 appointee of President Trump. Abortion profiteers, Carafem, opened in Mount Juliet in March of 2019 aborting babies by prescribing the abortion pill, RU 486, up to 11 weeks of pregnancy. More recently they have announced plans to kill unborn children with surgical abortions in the future. The Mount Juliet Commission introduced codes limiting surgical abortions to industrial zones and approved the provisions on April 8, 2019. This prevented Carafem from expanding to surgical abortions. The ACLU of Tennessee and Carafem filed the lawsuit in Federal court against the city of Mount Juliet on December 18, 2019 claiming the zoning changes placed an "undue burden" on women seeking abortion in Tennessee. Continue reading

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Tennessee Abortionists: Elective Surgical Abortions Must Be Resumed During Pandemic Elevating non-essential elective surgical abortions above every other procedure in Tennessee, Federal District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled late Friday that Governor Lee's Executive Order 25 prohibiting non-essential surgeries threatens the so-called abortion right of women in Tennessee. Abortion profiteers including ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Choices of Memphis, Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health, and Dr. Looney joined with the unlicensed Boyle abortion center in Bristol to demand a return of surgical abortions which appeared to have been temporarily halted across the state. However, chemical RU486 abortions had continued unabated and account for roughly 40% of all abortion procedures. Judge Friedman writes, "Delaying a woman’s access to abortion even by a matter of days can result in her having to undergo a lengthier and more complex procedure that involves progressively greater health risks or can result in her losing the right to obtain an abortion altogether. Therefore, plaintiffs have demonstrated that enforcement of EO-25 causes them irreparable harm." "In terms of balancing the harm to others, plaintiffs argue convincingly that the irreparable harm they would suffer without injunctive relief, which includes violation of their constitutional rights, “vastly outweigh[s]” any “temporary reduction of PPE” resulting from the enforcement of EO-25." Continue reading