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.

“For more than 14 years Diane Black has demonstrated principled leadership toward the legislative goals of Tennessee Right to Life,” said Brian Harris, president of the state’s oldest and largest pro-life organization. “Our members have the deepest confidence that, among a field of pro-life candidates, Diane Black is best prepared by her experience and pro-life leadership to take on the next challenges facing Tennessee’s Right to Life movement.”

“Although Tennessee Right to Life is one of the most respected groups in our state, the work they do is not for praise or recognition, but for justice and protection for the lives of the unborn,” Black said. “Tennessee Right to Life has been an organization close to my heart for years. In the state legislature, we worked together to pass some of the strongest pro-life protections in the nation. I am honored to have their support.”

In the Tennessee General Assembly, Diane sponsored SJR 127, which became Amendment 1 – the most significantly pro-life measure in the history of the state.

In Congress, she sponsored many pieces of pro-life legislation including the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, the Conscience Protection Act of 2017, and a Congressional Review Act bill, signed into law by President Trump, that allows states to defund abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. She also co-sponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

As governor, Diane will continue to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.

Note: Tennessee Right to Life also has a list of endorsements in state legislative campaigns and U.S. House races, mostly giving the blessing to Republican incumbents. (The only endorsed Democrat is Rep. John Mark Windle of Livingston.) In several hotly-contested GOP primaries, TRTL is neutral – declaring, for example, that in the 2nd Congressional District, both Tim Burchett and Jimmy Matlock “meet pro-life criteria.” Ditto for legislative races such as in Senate District 13, where Rep. Dawn White and Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess are competing for the seat vacated by Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro), House District 89, where former state Sen. Stacey Campfield seeks the GOP nomination against former Knox County Sheriff Tim Hutchinson, etc. In House District 61, five candidates for the open seat vacated by Rep. Charles Sargent (R-Franklin) get the neutral treatment. The endorsement list is HERE.
In U.S. House races, an exception to the general rule of endorsing of incumbents or neutrality is the open 6th Congressional District (now held by Black), where TRTL endorsed Bob Corlew over millionaire businessman John Rose and state Rep. Judd Matheny of Tullahoma in the GOP primary. Separate post HERE.

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