TN Right Supports HB 1181

The House Health Subcommittee will take up HB 1181(Rep. Tim Rudd) on Tuesday, March 30, 12:00 PM CST. HB 1181 would require the burial or cremation of all fetal remains in the State of Tennessee. Women and unborn children deserve the dignified treatment of fetal remains and this legislation would ensure that happens. According to Will Brewer, Lobbyist for Tennessee Right to Life, the U.S. Supreme Court on May 28, 2019 upheld an Indiana law requiring fetal remains from an abortion be buried or cremated. This court decision is powerful in supporting Tennessee Bill 1181 that is similar in scope and purpose. Tennessee Right to Life and pro-life Tennesseans believe that the remains of aborted children should be treated with dignity and not as trash or medical waste. Pro-abortionists argued that the Indiana law would create a new expense – and it was not clear who would be financially responsible, the patient or the provider.   They believe asking women to bear the expense could put abortion out of the financial reach of some women.  Interestingly, they believe this requirement is unusual for any kind of medical procedure and do not recognized that the remains of an unborn child are that of a person.  They considered the law punishment for those seeking a “normal medical procedure” and that abortion patients are being targeted. Pro-abortion activists will oppose this legislation on the false pretense that it creates an obstacle for women, but in fact, their opposition comes from the refusal to acknowledge the humanity of the unborn child and to thereby treat their bodies with dignity and respect.   Tennessee Right to Life supports the Fetal Remains Act and is working for its passage, because, if passed, this law will enhance the dignity of human life that Tennesseans support.  Other state governments have passed or are considering similar legislation.

Breaking News: Pro-Life Vote Upheld on Amendment 1 as Constitutional

JUDGES RULE UNANIMOUSLY AGAINST PLANNED PARENTHOOD Nashville, January 9, 2018 - In a resounding victory for pro-life Tennesseans, Judges on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals have rejected a pro-abortion effort to overturn the 2014 voter passage of Amendment 1. "Although the subject of abortion rights will continue to be controversial in Tennessee and across our nation, it is time for uncertainty surrounding the people's 2014 approval and ratification of Amendment 1 to be put to rest," wrote Senior Judge David McKeague, a 2005 appointee of George W. Bush. Tennessee Right to Life expresses profound gratitude to the many supporters, advocates, and voters who sacrificed to see Amendment 1 placed on the ballot and passed by public vote. It was made necessary by a radical pro-abortion decision by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2000 which wrongly declared a so-called "fundamental right to abortion" in the Tennessee Constitution thereby making enforcement of common-sense protections impossible in Tennessee. Continue reading

NRLC applauds Trump Administration for pro-life foreign aid policy

For immediate release: Monday, May 15, 2017 For more information: Tatiana Bergum, (202) 626-8825, [email protected] National Right to Life heralds Trump Administration's modernization of pro-life foreign aid policy WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) commended the Trump Administration for announcing an expanded policy named Promoting Life in Global Health Assistance, which will apply pro-life conditions to a broad range of health-related U.S. foreign aid – a policy signaled in a January presidential order and explained in more detail by the State Department today. Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, the federation of state right-to-life organizations, said, "Under the Obama Administration, the U.S. foreign aid program was hijacked to promote abortion worldwide. We commend President Trump and his appointees for taking steps to ensure that U.S. taxpayer funds are directed through organizations that work to preserve human life, not to take it." Continue reading

Tennessee Right to Life Applauds Gov. Haslam's Support for Pro-Life Bill

Governor's Signature Strengthens Protections for Viable Unborn Children Nashville, May 12, 2017--The state's oldest and largest pro-life organization publicly thanked Governor Bill Haslam on Friday for signing into law the Tennessee Infants Protection Act (SB 1180).  The bill strengthens protections for unborn children and abortion-vulnerable women and girls by preventing elective abortions, except in rare instances, after an unborn child is determined to be viable (able to survive with or without medical assistance.) The provision also establishes a presumption of viability at 24 weeks of pregnancy (LMP) and requires a medical assessment to gauge viability of any unborn child when an abortion is sought beginning at 20 weeks of gestational age.  Continue reading

National Right to Life Applauds Trump's First 100 Days

For immediate release: Thursday, April 27, 2017 For more information: Tatiana Bergum, (202) 626-8825, [email protected]  NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE APPLAUDS TRUMP PRO-LIFE ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN FIRST 100 DAYS WASHINGTON – Since taking office nearly 100 days ago, President Donald Trump and his administration have provided the right-to-life movement with several major victories says the National Right to Life Committee, the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters. Those key victories include restoration of the Mexico City Policy, directing funding away from the United Nations Population Fund, and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. "Donald Trump ran as a pro-life candidate and pledged he would have a pro-life administration, and he has made good on his word," said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. "President Trump remains steadfast in his pro-life position, and we are excited by his pro-life accomplishments in his first 100 days in office. I have no doubt that President Trump's leadership on behalf of the pro-life cause will continue to not only save lives of the unborn, but help pave the way for generations to come."  Continue reading

Right to Life Mourns Passing of Senator Douglas Henry

Right to Life Mourns Passing of Senator Douglas Henry Sponsor of Tennessee's First Pro-Life Laws NASHVILLE, MARCH 6, 2017 - After the 1973 Roe v Wade decision struck down abortion laws across the nation, Tennessee's first pro-life protections were sponsored by Senator Douglas Henry, a conservative Nashville Democrat. Just weeks after the decision, Henry led legislative efforts to ensure that abortion would be regulated as strongly as possible under the court's wrong ruling. "Because of the Supreme Court's decision which in my opinion is horrendous, until a national amendment can be achieved, we must put a law on the books of our state," state Senator Curtis Person declared on May 2, 1973. "The bill I voted for, today, in my opinion and as explained by the Sponsor, Senator Douglas Henry, is the most stringent law to control abortions we can pass under the Supreme Court ruling." Continue reading

National Right to Life Mourns the Death of Norma McCorvey

For immediate release: Saturday, February 18, 2017  National Right to Life Mourns Death of Norma McCorvey WASHINGTON – Today, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates, joined with right-to-life advocates nationwide in mourning the death of pro-life activist Norma McCorvey. Known as "Jane Roe" in the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, McCorvey became an outspoken advocate for the right-to-life cause. McCorvey died at her assisted-living facility in Texas. She was 69. The following statement may be attributed to Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life: While pro-abortion advocates used Norma McCorvey to advance their efforts to legalize abortion in the early 1970s, she spent the last half of her life attempting to right the terrible wrong that the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion visited upon the country. Norma became an outspoken advocate for protecting the lives of mothers and their unborn children, speaking at right-to-life events across the country, including the National Right to Life convention. Norma McCorvey was a friend and valued ally in the fight for life and she will be deeply missed. Continue reading

NRLC Commends President Trump Pick of Judge Neil Gorsuch

For immediate release: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 For more information: Tatiana Bergum, (202) 626-8825, [email protected] National Right to Life Committee Commends President Trump For His Selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch as Successor to Justice Scalia WASHINGTON – Today, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates, commended President Donald Trump for his selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by the February 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia. "All too often, our efforts to protect unborn children and other vulnerable humans have been overridden by judges who believe they have a right to impose their own policy preferences," said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.  "We are heartened that Judge Gorsuch appears to share Justice Scalia's view that federal judges are constrained to enforce the text and original intent of constitutional provisions, and on all other matters should defer to democratically elected lawmakers." Continue reading

US House Votes to End Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

For immediate release: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 For more information: Tatiana Bergum, (202) 626-8825, [email protected]  NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE APPLAUDS U.S. HOUSE VOTE TO ENACT PERMANENT, GOVERNMENT-WIDE HYDE AMENDMENT WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) today commended the 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to pass the landmark No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7), but directed sharp criticism at the 183 House members who voted against the bill. The White House issued a statement, in advance of the House vote, affirming that President Trump "would sign the bill." Tennessee Congressmen voting Pro-Life include: Black, Blackburn, DesJarlais, Duncan, Fleischmann, Kustoff, and Roe. Tennessee Congressmen voting to tax-payer funding of abortions include: Cohen and Cooper."Over two million Americans are alive today because of the Hyde Amendment," said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. "With today's vote, we are one step closer to getting the federal government out of the business of paying for abortion once and for all. The 183 House members who voted against the bill will be firmly marked as supporters of federal funding for elective abortion."  Continue reading

JAMA Psychiatry Publishes Flawed UCSF Study

"We know that some women do eventually have serious negative psychological responses to their abortions, some within a year or two, but most several years down the road. Women still deserve to have that information when making up their minds about abortion." -Randall K. O'Bannon, Ph.D. National Right to Life Director of Education and Research WASHINGTON, Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco today published a report in JAMA Psychiatry ("Women's Mental Health and Well-being 5 Years After Receiving or Being Denied an Abortion") that supposedly aims to further the myth that women who have an abortion experience little psychological effects. Using data from their "Turnaway Study," the UCSF authors have attempted to argue that state pro-life informed consent laws are detrimental to women. Now, the same data are being used to argue the non-existence of post-abortion syndrome. Continue reading