On Monday, March 23, Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order Number 18 regarding essential and non-essential medical services. In essence, the Order serves to define what services should remain available during the present health crisis. Common sense and a clear reading make plain that elective abortion procedures are non-essential.
Right now Tennessee Right to Life and other concerned citizens call upon our state government to place the health and safety of unborn children and abortion-vulnerable women above the profit motives of abortion facilities. Non-compliance will result in the deaths of unborn children and compromise the health and safety of women and families. First responders and health care workers are also placed in unnecessary danger.
Please contact Governor Bill Lee and urge him to specifically declare abortion as non-essential healthcare immediately.
Clicking on the link will take you to Governor Bill Lee's website. You will need to complete the webform and add your request in the 'Comments' section.Read more
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.Read more
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