Governor Lee Signs Human Life Protection Act

Act will ban abortion when Roe v. Wade is overtuned in whole or in part

Tennessee Right to Life thanks Governor Bill Lee for signing into law the Human Life Protection Act (SB 1257/HB 1029). The law will take effect upon the reversal of Roe v Wadein whole or in part, by the U.S. Supreme Court. It will enact the full restoration of Tennessee's protective pre-Roe laws. The act also restores 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 Stacy Dunn, vice-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 protect unborn children and their mothers from the tragedy of abortion."

Prime sponsors of the measure were Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mount Juliet.) It was passed overwhelmingly by both the Senate, 26-5, and the House, 69-24.

"This pro-life bill was passed in large part due to the vigilant care with which sponsors Gresham and Lynn shepherded the measure. Tennessee Right to Life expresses our appreciation for their work and wisdom," said Trecia Dillingham, board member for the organization. "We look forward to continuing to work with the Legislature to restore full protection to the vulnerable unborn in our state," said Dillingham.

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  • Jerry D Woods
    commented 2020-01-19 21:22:20 -0600
    Thank you, Rep Ron Gant, Senator Dolores Gresham and Gov. Bill Lee for signing this bill outlawing the murder of babies. Now I pray the Republicans at the national level will follow your lead. I have often said and not often enough, my Rep. Ron Gant, Senator Dolores Gresham and others who represent my district are the best. I am glad to see the entire state of Tennessee Republican Representatives and Senators support and pass This bill.
    This is awesome ! God Bless each of you who worked so hard to pass it so our Governor Lee could sign it.