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Tennessee Right to Life Applauds Gov. Lee’s Signature on Pro-Life Legislation

Human Life Protection Act Will Prohibit Abortion When Roe v. Wade is Overturned

Governor Bill Lee

The state’s oldest and largest pro-life organization publicly thanked Governor Bill Lee for signing into law the Human Life Protection Act (SB1257/HB1029). The law will take effect upon the reversal of Roe v Wade, in 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.

“Tennessee Right to Life is grateful to Governor Lee for restoring common sense protections for Tennessee’s women, girls, and unborn children,” said Brian Harris, the organization’s president. “The Governor ran for office as a pro-life candidate and has demonstrated his sincere commitment.”

As states like New York seek to prepare for the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade, pro-life Tennesseans are working to ensure that our state is among the most protective for abortion vulnerable women, girls, and unborn children.

“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 Harris. “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.”

“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.”

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