Sens. Mike Rounds and James Lankford introduce ban on dismemberment abortion in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019 – The National Right to Life Committee today commended Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) for their leadership in introducing the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act. This vital pro-life legislation would prohibit the performance of dismemberment abortion. The legislation is based on a model state bill proposed by National Right to Life, which has been enacted in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia. Enactment is pending gubernatorial signature in Indiana and North Dakota, and more states are expected to consider this high priority legislation in 2019. "We thank Senator Rounds and Senator Lankford for their advocacy in advancing this dismemberment abortion ban," said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. "We believe this law has the power to change how the public views the gruesome reality of abortion in the United States. Before the first trimester ends, the unborn child has a beating heart, brain waves, and every organ system in place. Dismemberment abortions occur after this living baby has reached these developmental milestones." Continue reading

Tennessee Right to Life Expresses Concern at Heartbeat Abortion Ban in Current Form

Bill Removes Post-Viability Protections for Unborn Children in Tennessee NASHVILLE, MARCH 5, 2019 - Tennessee Right to Life respectfully underscores the concerns of our organization with regard to H.B. 77, the heartbeat abortion ban legislation. Heartbeat bills have been struck down as unconstitutional in each state where it was passed and signed into law (North Dakota, Arkansas, Iowa.) As presently drafted, H.B. 77 removes Tennessee's post-viability ban language enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2017. H.B. 77 makes no provision for the protection of viable unborn children during the period in which the heartbeat ban is tied up in court. The TN-ACLU has already announced their intention to file suit if the heartbeat ban is passed and signed. Continue reading

Pro-Abortion Senators Block Bill to Protect Born Alive Survivors of Abortion

WASHINGTON, Monday, February 27, 2019 – The U.S. Senate today voted 53-44 to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), but pro-abortion Democrats, in a near-party-line-vote, blocked the bill from receiving the 60 votes necessary to move forward ("invoke cloture"). The bill would extend federal legal protection to babies who are born alive during an abortion. Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn voted Pro-life and for the bill. "Today we saw the extremism of the abortion industry's agenda on full display," said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. "The 44 members of the United States Senate who voted against this bill now need to explain to their constituents why they believe abortion is such an absolute 'right' that it protects what amounts to infanticide: willfully withholding life-saving care from an born-alive infant." Continue reading

Pro-Life Women Introduce Human Life Protection Act

  Right to Life proposal seeks post-Roe protections for women, girls and unborn children Nashville, February 13, 2019 - Today, pro-life female legislators introduced legislation supported by Tennessee Right to Life that, upon reversal of Roe v Wade, would restore full legal protections for unborn children. Speaking at a Capitol Hill press conference, state Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) joined state Representative Susan Lynn (R- Mt. Juliet) to explain the bill's objectives. "With the possibility that there might soon exist a majority on the U.S. Supreme Court willing to give states greater latitude on the matter of abortion, we want to be pro-active to ensure that Tennessee continues to lead the way to the fullest possible protection for human life," said Gresham. Rep. Lynn added "It has always been the priority of Tennessee's pro-life movement to restore protection to the largest number of unborn children and women in our state. While states like New York are moving to strip any limits to abortion--even at the moments just before birth---Tennessee wants to be known for protecting our children."  Continue reading

Supreme Court Blocks Pro-Life Law

Tennessee Right to Life expresses deep disappointment in the unwillingness of the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold even the most modest regulation of abortion facilities in Louisiana. Similar to a 2012 Tennessee statute requiring abortion providers to hold admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the lower court had upheld the Louisiana law as constitutional. (Tennessee's law is unenforced following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a 2016 case called Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.) Continue reading

Planned Parenthood Suspends Abortions in Nashville

PLANNED PARENTHOOD SUSPENDS ABORTION SERVICES IN NASHVILLE NASHVILLE, DECEMBER 11, 2018 - Responding to the decision announced Monday by Planned Parenthood to suspend abortion services in Nashville: "Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest provider and promoter of abortion and Nashville's Planned Parenthood facility is reputed to be the busiest abortion center in the Volunteer State," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. "With the suspension of abortion services in our state's largest city, Tennessee Right to Life is grateful for a Christmas miracle." Continue reading

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Every Life Has Meaning...So Does Every Vote...Vote Pro-Life on November 6

CLICK HERE TO VIEW 2018 TENNESSEE RIGHT TO LIFE PAC ENDORSEMENTS Celebrate Amendment 1's victory at the U.S. Supreme Court by returning pro-life super-majorities to the Tennessee state House, state Senate, and Tennessee's Congressional delegation. In addition, Tennessee must have a Governor with the demonstrated commitment and capability to stand without fail for life. Based on objective criteria, Tennessee Right to Life PAC endorsements have been made following careful review of candidate surveys, voting records, public statements and statewide meetings between candidates and 15 members of the TRL PAC Endorsement Committee. Tennessee Right to Life urges votes and active support for the endorsed candidates by every Tennessean concerned for the unborn, the elderly and the medically vulnerable. Working together we will continue to meet the challenges and hasten the day when every life is protected by the laws of our communities, state and nation. Continue reading

Pro-Life Amendment 1 Wins Again

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Request to Overturn Pro-Life Amendment 1 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals' Unanimous Decision Stands NASHVILLE, OCTOBER 1, 2018 - Responding to today’s announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding pro-life Amendment 1, Tennessee Right to Life offered the following comments: "Today’s announcement is cause for great celebration among Tennessee’s pro-life movement,” said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. “This is the culmination of many years work and Tennessee Right to Life is especially grateful to our state’s voters, legislators, election officials and Attorney General Slatery for staying the course. “ "The people’s voices have been heard and their votes have been counted," said Harris. "Now we have to continue to work for the day when every life is again protected by the laws of our state and nation.” Continue reading

Tennessee Right to Life Responds to Bredesen Statement on Kavanaugh

Pro-Life Group Recalls Former Governor's Opposition to Legislation NASHVILLE, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 - Tennessee Right to Life weighed in on the U.S. Senate race Friday citing Bredesen's pro-abortion record as governor.  "Mr. Bredesen is attempting to muddy his position on abortion but many Tennesseans recall his refusal to sign legislation preventing abortion from becoming a funded benefit in health care plans," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. In 2010, during Bredesen's second term, the Legislature overwhelmingly passed language to opt out of pro-abortion mandates of the Affordable Care Act. The law states "No health care plan required to be established in this state through an exchange pursuant to federal health care reform legislation enacted by the 111th Congress shall offer coverage for abortion services. It passed the state House 70-23 and the state Senate 27-3.  Bredesen refused to sign the legislation and it became law despite his opposition. Continue reading