Oppose Pro-Abortion Equal Rights Amendment

URGENT: CALL ON YOUR U.S. HOUSE MEMBER TO OPPOSE THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT RESOLUTION On Thursday, February 13th, members of the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a resolution that could insert the "Equal Rights Amendment" (ERA) into the United States Constitution. The resolution, if passed, will nullify a 7-year ratification deadline that was attached to the ERA on its initial passage in 1972. If this deadline is nullified, the ERA will be allowed to become part of the U.S. Constitution because of the three states that recently ratified the the amendment: Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia. Continue reading

President Trump: First President to Address March for Life in Person

From National Right to Life and Tennessee Right to Life For immediate release: Friday, January 24, 2020 WASHINGTON—Today, President Trump was the first sitting president to address the annual March for Life in person. “President Trump’s support of the pro-life movement is a blessing and encouragement to the millions of pro-lifers all across the United States who spend their time, money, and energy helping women and their children,”said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “His support of the most basic of human rights has made a difference in how our country treats the most vulnerable among us.” In his remarks before tens of thousands of March attendees, President Trump said: Continue reading

National Right to Life Committee Praises the Trump Administration for Protecting Conscience Rights

For immediate release: Friday, January 24, 2020 For more information: Laura Echevarria, (202) 626-8825, mediarelations@nrlc.org   National Right to Life Committee Praises the Trump Administration for Protecting Conscience Rights   WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced action to address California's violations of the Weldon Amendment in which the state has forced employers and health care providers to pay for abortions in health care plans.   "We thank the Trump Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services for protecting the rights of Californians who do not want to pay for or participate in health care plans that pay for abortions," said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. "It is morally abhorrent that the state of California forces its citizens to participate in plans that pay for abortions."   The Weldon Amendment states that funds may not be "made available to a Federal agency or program, or to a State or local government, if such agency, program, or government subjects any institutional or individual health care entity to discrimination on the basis that the health care entity does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions."   "Health care is designed to save lives and protect our health," Tobias continued. "The state of California's coercive policies have meant that nearly every health insurance plan, no matter if an individual works for a business, a church or religious school, is required to pay for an elective abortion."   Nothing in the Weldon Amendment prevents individuals from purchasing health insurance or health insurance riders that cover abortion. The amendment only prevents federal funds from being distributed to those entities that would force abortion coverage and thereby violate conscience rights.   Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia. # # #

The State of Abortion in the United States 2020

For immediate release: Wednesday, January 22, 2020For more information: Laura Echevarria, (202) 626-8825, mediarelations@nrlc.org NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE RELEASES SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT:THE STATE OF ABORTION IN THE UNITED STATES WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) today released "The State of Abortion in the United States, 2020." In addition to summarizing key legislative developments in the states and at the federal level, the seventh annual report also analyzes data on the annual number of abortions in the United States. The report examines recent actions on the Equal Rights Amendment and dissects the 2018-2019 annual report of the nation's abortion giant, Planned Parenthood. "More than 61 million unborn children have died as a result of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions," said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. "However, through the right-to-life movement's determination to protect mothers and their children, we continue to see evidence that our efforts to educate America about the unborn child's humanity, and our efforts to enact protective pro-life legislation, are having a tremendous impact in moving our nation away from Roe and Doe's deadly legacy." Key highlights from the report include: · Based on data from the Guttmacher Institute and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and estimating figures for subsequent years (2018-2019), National Right to Life now estimates 61,628,584 abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973. · Utilizing data from the Guttmacher Institute and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Right to Life estimates that the number of abortions has dropped to 862,320 annually – the lowest number recorded since 1973, and nearly 800,000 less than the all-time high of 1.6 million in 1990. National Right to Life attributes continued pro-life educational, legislative, and political efforts with much of the overall decline seen over the past 30 years. · State legislatures continue to be successful in enacting pro-life legislation that extends protections to unborn children and helps their mothers. These laws include protections for pain-capable unborn children, laws banning dismemberment abortions of living unborn babies, and efforts to steer state funding away from organizations that perform abortions, such as Planned Parenthood. · Planned Parenthood, which reported over $1.6 billion in revenues in 2018-2019, while posting over $240 million in "excess revenue," is estimated to have made nearly $160 million performing 345,672 abortions – over 40% of all abortions in the United States annually. The report is available from the National Right to Life Communications Department here: http://www.nrlc.org/uploads/communications/stateofabortion2020.pdf. National Right to Life experts, including President Carol Tobias, Director of Education and Research Randall K. O'Bannon, Ph.D., Director of State Legislation Ingrid Duran, and Legislative Director Jennifer Popik, J.D., are available to provide further information about the report and its insights. To arrange an interview, call the NRLC Communications Department at (202) 626-8825 or email mediarelations@nrlc.org. Founded in 1968, National Right to Life, the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia. # # #  REPORT: The State of Abortion in the United States, 2020 (PDF)

Tennessee Right to Life Statement on ACLU, Carafem Lawsuit

ACLU, Carafem Abortion Facility File Lawsuit to Perform More Abortions in Mount Juliet NASHVILLE, DECEMBER 19, 2019 - On Wednesday, ACLU, ACLU of Tennessee and Carafem abortion provider filed suit in Middle Tennessee District Court over a zoning ordinance passed by Mount Juliet officals seeking to disallow abortion within city limits. Responding to the pro-abortion lawsuit, the local chapter of Tennessee Right to Life made the following statement: "Wilson County Right to Life is deeply saddened by the fact that Carafem is not only performing medical abortion, but is working toward expanding its abortion services to include surgical abortions in our community through this suit," said Trecia Dillingham, President of Wilson County Right to Life. "We regret that we now share the label of abortion destination along with four other Tennessee communities." Continue reading

We Give Thanks

 “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father…"  1 Thessalonians 2-3 God in His wisdom has connected us all in this struggle for LIFE.  He has brought us together for this time and this place so that we can save lives and change hearts.  We have been called to build a Culture of Life and while doing so, give glory to God. God is all-powerful and all-knowing, and He could end abortion at any moment but instead He calls us to participate in this struggle.  He allows us to be part of this life saving work and calls us to oppose the evil of abortion, and it will be through His grace that abortion will end.  Until then, we must pray for faithfulness to His calling and obedience to His will. Continue reading

Pro-Life Waiting Period Law in Court

"25-40% of women seeking abortion arrive at the abortion facility undecided.....information and time benefit women." Dr. Priscilla Coleman, Bowling Green State University Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, testimony in Federal court Last week, leaders of Tennessee Right to Life spent 4 days attending the Federal court trial in the case challenging Tennessee’s Pro-life informed consent and 48-hour waiting laws. We were the only Pro-life group that attended the trial. In 2015, members of the Tennessee General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a TRL-sponsored law requiring a 48 hour waiting period for any woman seeking an abortion. The law also requires that the woman receive information about her unborn child as well as the possible complications from the procedure. Combining the two provisions was meant to give women truth and time so that abortion facilities could not easily rush a woman into a decision that will affect her for the rest of her life. The Right to Life-initiated law is credited as one of the reasons the abortion rate in Tennessee is the lowest it’s been since 1974. Click here to view Tennessee's latest abortion numbers. During the trial, Dr. Vanessa Lefler with the TN Dept of Health & Vital Statistics testified that the rate and number of abortions of Tennesseans have been declining since 2008. After four long years, the case was heard last week in the Middle Tennessee Federal District Court in Nashville by Judge Friedman from Detroit. The list of Plaintiffs’ attorneys included five law groups, two of which are from New York. The Tennessee Attorney General’s office defended the life-protecting measure as they have challenges to Pro-life Amendment 1 and the state's ban on doctor-assisted suicide. Continue reading

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