Hagerty gets Right to Life endorsement

Republican U.S. Senate nominee Bill Hagerty appears at a Republican event in Franklin on Aug. 8, 2020 (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The National Right to Life Committee has endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty following his Republican primary win last week. The move comes as a bit of a surprise because Hagerty has expressed support for keeping access to abortions to women who are victims of incest or rape and for mothers whose pregnancies put their lives in danger. A similar position by U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn has long kept the Brentwood Republican from gaining the Right to Life endorsement.

Here’s the release from the Hagerty campaign:

Nashville, TN — Today, Bill Hagerty, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, announced the National Right to Life Committee endorsed Hagerty to serve in the U.S. Senate.

“As a Christian conservative and a father of four children, I know just how precious the right to life is, and I am humbled to have the support of the National Right to Life Committee,” said Bill Hagerty. “Radical Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Joe Biden, seek to implement their socialist agenda that includes abortion funded by taxpayers for any reason up to and even after the moment of birth. As your Senator, I will be a voice for the voiceless, fight for pro-life legislation including the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and work to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all.”

“National Right to Life is pleased to endorse Bill Hagerty for election to the U.S. Senate, to represent the state of Tennessee,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life Committee President. “Bill is a strong advocate for life. All Tennessee voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family should vote to send Bill to the Senate, so that he can work to advance vital pro-life public policies.”

National Right To Life Committee joins the Susan B. Anthony List in supporting Bill Hagerty for Senate.

20 Responses to Hagerty gets Right to Life endorsement

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    Devaney needs to get off his rear end and go pick up the Manny signs everywhere.

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    James White says:

    What else was National Right to Life to do but endorse republicans, not matter who they are.

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      Eddie White says:

      Are you suggesting that Democrats are not pro-life?

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        James White says:

        No, I am not suggesting it, I am implying it, as it is in their 2016 platform:
        “We will support sexual and reproductive health and rights around the globe. In addition to expanding
        the availability of affordable family planning information and contraceptive supplies, we believe that
        safe abortion must be part of comprehensive maternal and women’s health care and included as part
        of America’s global health programming. Therefore, we support the repeal of harmful restrictions that
        obstruct women’s access to health care information and services, including the “global gag rule” and
        the Helms Amendment that bars American assistance to provide safe, legal abortion throughout the
        developing world.”

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          Eddie White says:

          Another good reason to vote Republican.

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            James White says:

            Republicans will not fix the problem. A few years back they controlled both houses of congress and president. They could have just passed anti abortion law, and started impeach judges that think there is a ‘Right’ to abortion. Period.
            Lip service is all they do. (oh notice that even when the republicans control the house, the budget always fund planned parenthood someway)

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            Eddie White says:

            There has only been 1 US President who has actually shown up and spoken at the National Right to Life March in Washington, Donald Trump. Call it lip service if you want to, but he was roundly critizied by the Democrats for participating. Kudos to Gov Lee for his efforts to pass legislation to stop abortions. That was not lip service.

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        Leeann C says:

        The Tennessee Dems booted Representative Dewberry from the ballot because he’s prolife. They can’t abide the thought that his constituents could be prolife.

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    Paul says:

    Bill Hagerty must really struggle in the morning to remember what position on any issue he is holding on any given day, given his lengthy history of being in favor of things he is now against or vice-versa. But never fear, the “Right To Life” industrial-complex is more than happy to endorse anyone with an (R) after their name, regardless of their past positions or behavior, if they can put out a politically correct press release like that above. If and when he’s elected, Bill Hagerty will be the latest in a long line of conservatives to do a lot of all-lives-matter sloganeering while doing the exact opposite when it comes to legislating.

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      Leeann C says:

      He’s always been prolife, NRTL is simply taking note of his stance. Legislators aren’t the problem. It’s the courts and activist judges that have lost perspective.

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    James White says:

    Erik, not getting emails from your blog… fyi

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    Susan E Gingrich Patriots Reborn says:

    Too bad nationally, pro-life, blue dog democrat office holders are few, and it sure seems that to be elected or financially supported as a dem, you must support abortion, including late term abortions. Even leaders claiming to be Catholic, like Biden and Pelosi, do.

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      MARLE says:

      Biden and Pelosi ARE Catholics, apparently in good standing. The pope has no problem speaking out on issues of importance to him, even ones far afield of religious doctrine, yet I have heard not one word from him on US leadership, members in good standing of the Catholic Church, with regard to their public positions on abortion. His silence on these folks is deafening.

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    Steve Cates says:

    If only “right to live” and “pro-life” meant affordable housing, expansion of Medicaid to provide about 300,000 of our fellow Tennesseans with insurance who do not have it now, food for our children in school, more child care for low income families, more assistance for single parent families, and on and on and on. It seems it is “pro birth”!!!

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      MARLE says:

      If only taxpayers could stop being sharecroppers where, in many cases half of the money they earn is taken (and that’s not counting sales, property or excise taxes). Considering that that 14 years of education at a cost of $10K per student/per yr is offered to Every child in America it would seem (if they made good use of that opportunity) taxpayers are on the hook quite enough already.

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    Charles says:

    It is good to know learn that information from the Democratic platform. Women need to be in control of their bodies and lives and not have some legislators tell them what medical treatment and birth control they may or may not have. Another reason not to vote for Republicans, who kow-tow to the Religious Right and ignore the religious mainline.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Excellent point, Steve Cates. When will they learn?

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