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Bob Corlew endorsed by TN Right to Life in 6th Congressional District GOP primary

Press release from Bob Corlew campaign

Mount Juliet, TN – Today, the Tennessee Right to Life PAC announced its endorsement of Bob Corlew, the conservative Republican for Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District.

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TN Right to Life endorses Black for governor

Press release from Diane Black campaign

Nashville, Tenn. — Today, Tennessee Right to Life announced its endorsement of Diane Black for Governor. Tennessee Right to Life’s endorsement is the most recent on a growing list of pro-life organizations backing Diane Black including Susan B. Anthony List and National Right to Life.

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TennCare moves to implement new TN ‘defund Planned Parenthood’ law

In compliance with a law approved earlier this year by the state legislature, TennCare officials last week applied to the federal government for a waiver that could block clinics that provide abortions from being paid for other health care services, reports the Johnson City Press. An ETSU professor says there may be unintended consequences including more abortions; a legislator disagrees.

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Legislature sends governor bill backing ‘monument to the unborn”

In the last hours of the legislative session, a bill favoring erection of a “monument to unborn children” on the state capitol grounds was sent to the governor after a House-Senate dispute over wording of the measure was resolved.

Apparently, the bill is to be viewed as making a request for the monument to the State Capitol Commission; not the mandate that was included in the original version. And Gov. Bill Haslam says he and his staff will be reviewing the bill before he decides whether to sign it.

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Senate votes to urge — rather than require — erection of a TN ‘monument to the unborn’

A House-approved bill mandating erection of a monument to unborn children on the Tennessee state Capitol grounds was amended in the Senate Monday to instead just voice support for the idea. After the revision, the measure was approved 23-3 and sent back to the House.

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Ohio law — similar to TN ‘defunding Planned Parenthood’ bill — voided by appeals court

A federal appeals court has ruled Ohio’s efforts to cut off Planned Parenthood from receiving funds for preventive health programs violate the organization’s First Amendment rights, according to the Washington Post. And the News Sentinel’s Jamie Satterfield observes the Ohio law is similar to one recently approved by the Tennessee legislature.

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Senate sends ‘defund Planned Parenthood’ bill to governor

The state Senate Thursday approved and sent to the governor a bill promoted as “defunding” Planned Parenthood. It requires TennCare officials to submit a waiver request to the federal government for ending any payments to “elective abortion providers’ – even if those payments are for health care services other than abortions.

The bill (HB2251, as amended) was approved 24-2 in the Senate with Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) as sponsor. It was approved by the House 71-17 on March 13 with Rep. Jimmy Matlock (R-Lenoir City) as sponsor.

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Sexton postpones presser on unborn monument

Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) signals a vote on the House floor in Nashville on March 5, 2018. (Erik Schelzig/Tennessee Journal)

Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station), the sponsor of the vetoed bill to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee, has postponed a Tuesday press conference on the creation of monument to the unborn on the grounds of the state Capitol. The official reason for the cancellation is “unforeseen circumstances.” Though one suspects that the fact that most of Nashville’s TV and print journalists are preoccupied with that little matter of the mayor’s resignation might have had something to do with it.

The event billed as the introduction of  an initiative to “recognize the men, women, and children affected by the tragedy of abortion and miscarriage” has been rescheduled for March 13.

 

6th Circuit declines to review voting case

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a petition by plaintiffs to have a case about voting on Tennessee constitutional amendments be re-heard by the entire panel of judges.

The case is based on voting for a 2014 amendment that gave state lawmakers more power to limit access to abortions in the state. Continue reading

In Nashville visit, Pence praises Trump, Black for anti-abortion efforts

Vice President Mike Pence used his latest visit to Nashville to offer support for the anti-abortion movement and reassure those gathered at a Christian broadcasting conference that the Trump administration will be the most vociferous supporter yet of issues important to evangelicals, reports The Tennessean.

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