2019-Life Protection Act

SB 1257 / HB 1029 With the possibility that there might soon exist a majority on the U.S. Supreme Court willing to give states greater latitude for the protection of human life, Tennessee Right to Life seeks to ensure that our state continues to help lead the way to the fullest possible protection for human life.  Tennessee's Human Life Protection Act (SB 1257 / HB 1029) is the legislative priority of Tennessee Right to Life and is sponsored by Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt Juliet.)  This legislation would take effect upon the reversal of Roe v Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court and would enact the full restoration of Tennessee's protective pre-Roe laws.  Passage would also restore the right of Tennesseans to decide these public policies on abortion for ourselves. "It has always been the priority of Tennessee's pro-life movement to restore the fullest possible protection to the largest number of unborn children and women in our state," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life.  "While states like New York are moving to strip any limits to abortion--even at the moments before birth---Tennessee wants to be known for protecting our children." Continue reading

2018-Redirecting Family Planning Funds from Planned Parenthood

After years of focused efforts by pro-life lawmakers and principled leadership by Governor Haslam, Tennessee successfully implemented policy in 2011 which has resulted in millions of tax dollars being re-directed away from Planned Parenthood facilities in our state. Under Haslam's direction, an administrative process was established which prioritizes public health departments to receive the public funds appropriated for family planning programs rather than private non-profit organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Prior to 2011, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Tennessee received more than $1.1 million dollars annually. HB 2262 by Rep. Bill Dunn / SB 2494 by Sen. Jack Johnson will make this administrative policy permanent by codifying it in state law. Continue reading

2017 - Tennessee Infants Protection Act

Strengthens current law enacted in 1973 regarding post-viability abortion Requires viability assessment after beginning of 20th week of pregnancy (LMP) to measure gestational age, weight, or other factors to determine viability Defines viability in state law Establishes presumption in TN law that an unborn child of at least 24 weeks gestation (LMP) is viable Constitutional under current U.S. Supreme Court doctrine Mirrors 2011 Ohio statute which is in effect and has never been challenged   Continue reading

2017 - HB 108 Talking Points

Pro-life Tennesseans made history in 2014 when voters passed pro-life Amendment 1. Unfortunately, Amendment 1 was challenged by Planned Parenthood supporters, lost the first round in federal court and is on appeal to the 6th circuit. In addition, protective laws passed in 2015 are also challenged separately in federal court and are also at risk of being struck down. This being the case, Tennessee Right to Life has concerns with abortion bans proposed this year at the state Legislature. Bills such as HB 108 cannot currently be enforced as constitutional and may unintentionally provide a hostile court with the opportunity to re-affirm the wrong holdings of Roe v. Wade. Such laws may also serve to influence the outcome of pro-abortion lawsuits against the Amendment and existing pro-life laws. Please work with Tennessee Right to Life in support of meaningful pro-life proposals which strengthen our state's abortion laws----not threaten them.

2016 - Prevent the Trafficking of Human Remains

This legislation will strengthen reporting requirements by abortion facility operators, increase inspections of these facilities and ensure that the remains of unborn children cannot be bought or sold following an abortion in Tennessee.  The bill will also require informed consent by a woman prior to an abortion specific to the disposition / disposal of her unborn child's body. (House Bill 2577, Dunn / Senate Bill 2568, Roberts) Tennessee General Assembly summary of bill: As introduced, establishes requirements regarding the disposition of fetal remains resulting from surgical abortions, including reporting requirements and requirements for interim inspections of and certain reporting by facilities where surgical abortions are performed. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 15, Part 2 and Title 68. Continue reading

2016 - Informed Consent Regarding Disposition of Aborted Baby's Body

This legislation clarifies that the consent required of a woman prior to an abortion specific to the disposition / disposal of her unborn child's body must be in writing. (HB1654, Terry / SB2240, Hensley) Tennessee General Assembly summary of bill: As introduced, clarifies that the consent required of a woman in order for medical experiments, research, or the taking of photographs upon her aborted fetus must be in writing. - Amends TCA Title 10, Chapter 7, Part 5; Title 39, Chapter 15, Part 2; Title 63, Chapter 6, Part 2; Title 68, Chapter 3 and Title 68, Chapter 30.   Continue reading

2015 - Informed consent for women and girls considering abortion

This legislation would require abortion facilities to provide accurate information about the development of the baby, alternatives and resources available to assist the mother, and possible physical and psychological risks of the abortion. (Senate Bill 1222, Beavers / House Bill 0977, Hill & Moody) Continue reading

2015 - 48 Hour Waiting period

A 48 Hour Waiting period in order to reduce coerced abortions and to allow time to carefully consider the information and resources provided by informed consent provisions. (Senate Bill 1222, Beavers / House Bill 977, Hill and Moody)   Continue reading

2015 - Regulation of abortion facilities

Regulation of abortion facilities requiring the inspection and licensure by the Tennessee Department of Health in order to hold abortion providers accountable. (Senate Bill 1280, Hensley / House Bill 1368 Lynn) Continue reading