Together, with God's help, Pro-life Tennesseans have made great strides during the past 15 years in the enactment of constitutionally-enforceable laws drafted and lobbied by Tennessee Right to Life. Among them:
Pro-Life Amendment 1 to Tennessee Constitution
Tennessee's Human Life Protection Act
Informed consent for women and girls considering abortion
48-hour waiting period
Anti-coercion policy & required posting inside abortion facilities
Sale of fetal remains prohibited
Preferential treatment for Planned Parenthood stripped from state law
Title X government funds redirected away from Planned Parenthood
Statewide hotline for reporting abortion facility abuses
Choose Life plate supporting pro-life agencies and programs
Ban on dispensing RU 486 by telemedicine / skype
Unborn Victims of Violence Act at all stages of gestation
Viability assessment required and post-viability abortions banned
Natural childbirth over abortion established as state's preference
However, the greatest challenges still remain before Tennessee's pro-life movement as we seek to restore full legal protection to innocent human life.
In previous years, Tennessee Right to Life PAC has based our endorsements on objective criteria, following careful review of candidate surveys, voting records, public statements and statewide meetings between candidates and 15 members of the TRL Endorsement Committee. However, in 2020 due to the restrictions on in-person meetings throughout the state, we were unable to meet with candidates and also due to the current legislative votes on bills that contain unenforceable elements not supported by TN Right to Life, endorsements are not being made. Please click here to see the current voting records of legislators.
Tennessee Right to Life urges every Tennessean concerned for the unborn, the elderly and medically vulnerable to carefully consider candidate positions and votes. Working together we will continue to meet the challenges and hasten the day when every life is protected by the laws of our communities, state and nation.