By Samantha Kamman, Abortion Columnist
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee recently signed the Human Life Protection Act into law. This law will take effect upon the possible reversal of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court, either in whole or in part. Lee’s signing of this law would enable Tennessee to determine public policies on abortion for themselves.
States like New York have begun to prepare for the possible overturning of Roe through legislation such as the Reproductive Health Act, an act that removed restrictions forbidding abortions being performed after 24 weeks and stripped abortion survivors of protections. With support from Planned Parenthood’s president, Democrats have announced their intentions to do away with as many pro-life measures as possible, such as the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding for abortions except for cases of rape, incest, or the mother’s life being in danger. But, the state of Texas is working hard to ensure protections for vulnerable women and unborn children.
Brian Harris, President of Texas Right to Life, said on Lee’s signing of the bill:
“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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