In the Courts

Tennessee Right to Life works to promote public respect for the dignity of every human life, especially those threatened by abortion and euthanasia.

As the state's oldest and largest pro-life organization, we serve to provide educational resources to our communities in order to positively influence public attitudes on matters affecting human life.  Right to Life also advocates for protective legislation and we provide tangible assistance to women and families facing unexpected pregnancies.

Current lawsuits in Tennessee courts are challenging pro-life laws.

Pro-life Statutes: 48-hour waiting period, infomed consent, requiring abortion facilities to be licensed and inspected and requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals - Adams & Boyle, et al v. Slatery, Dreyzehner et al (Case name changed to Bristol Regional Women's Center, et al v. Slatery, Dreyzehner et al): Filed in U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee on June 25, 2015.  Assigned to Federal Judge Kevin Sharp. Case is scheduled to be heard January 2019.

  • Abortion facility owner-operators filed suit against Tennessee laws requiring facility inspection, hospital admitting privileges for abortion providers and informed consent provisions for women and girls considering abortion.  The complaint was filed in federal court by operators of Choices abortion facility in Memphis and owners of unlicensed abortion centers in Bristol and Nashville.  New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights is representing the abortion facilities and Tennessee's Attorney General is defending the constitutionality of the protective laws.  "A lawsuit brought by those who profit from the killing of unborn children should not surprise anyone," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life.

Pro-life Statutes: Ban on Abortion (related to stages of the development of baby and reason for abortion) - Memphis Center for Reproductive Health et al v. Slatery et alFiled in U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee on June 19, 2020.  Assigned to Federal Judge William L. Campbell. Case number: 3:20-cv-00501.

Pro-life Statute: Abortion Pill Reversal information requirement - Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi et al v. Slatery et al: Filed in U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee on August 31, 2020.  Assigned to Federal Judge William L. Campbell. Case number: 3:20-cv-00740.


Closed Legal Challenges:

Amendment 1 (2014) - Tracey E George et al v. Haslam et al

Amendment 1 (2014) -Tre Hargett, Secretary of State for the State of Tennessee and Mark Goins, Coordinator of Elections of the State of Tennessee v. Tracey E. George, et al

Assisted Suicide (2015) - John Jay Hooker et al v. Herbert Slatery et al