Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee has stated he will support any bill that protects life inside the womb.
Life Site News reported, “GOP state Rep. James Van Huss introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would require abortionists to test for and document fetal heartbeats before abortion, and if one is found they would be barred from committing the abortion except in medical emergencies. Preborn babies’ hearts finish forming around seven or eight weeks into pregnancy.”
The proposed “heartbeat bill” follows suit after multiple other states including Iowa, South Carolina, Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, and Missouri filed for the same piece of legislation. The bill would make abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, an illegal procedure to perform.
“I would support any bill that reduces the number of abortions in the state,” Gov. Lee stated as reported by The Associated Press.The Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery stated back in 2017 that he would consider a heartbeat bill “constitutional suspect,” to which Gov. Lee states, “courts will have to decide for themselves” the legality of the bill. The bill is likely to pass, as the state House Speaker Glen Casada and Senate Speaker Randy McNally reported that they would support the life-saving bill as well.
House Speaker Casada, a strong supporter of the bill stated, “I think it’s a fight worth having in front of the Supreme Court. I really do.”
The standing abortion law in Tennessee already prohibit abortions beyond 20 weeks – making it one of the more pro-life states. The previous Governor Bill Haslam signed life-protecting bills that prohibited abortion factories from receiving healthcare subsidies and indicated that “the state’s constitution declares it contains no “right” to abortion,” as Life Site News reports.
In the wake of the most radical abortion bills being proposed, this proposed life-valuing bill is just the encouragement that we need.
Texas City Stands Up for Life by Passing Pro-Life Ordinance
Planned Parenthood is not welcome.
The town of New Home, located south of Lubbock, became the 15th city in Texas to prohibit abortion on September 29, 2020.
The New Home city council unanimously voted for the resolution following state politicians and local officials discussing the idea of bringing back a Planned Parenthood facility to the city. New Home Baptist pastor L.J. Wright was a champion of this pro-life effort and hopes that the vote will change Lubbock’s city council decision to bring back Planned Parenthood.
“With the City Council in Lubbock seemingly balking at the ordinance while claiming to be Pro-Life, this puts the pressure directly on them,” Wright commented. “Every city in Lynn County should consider following suit with New Home, and get behind Mark Lee Dickson… I am challenging all of West Texas to stand up for life, and make their city a Sanctuary City for the Unborn.”
Mark Lee Dickson, a pro-life activist and director of Right to Life of East Texas, crafted this ordinance.
Texas Senator Charles Perry, who represents Lubbock, has sent a petition around requesting that Planned Parenthood be kept out of Lubbock and signed on a letter calling Lubbock to pass a similar ordinance.
“Passing an ordinance designating Lubbock as a Sanctuary City for the Unborn will help to continue the Texas belief that life begins at conception, while also protecting the safety of mothers,” Perry wrote in the letter, which was also signed by State Representatives Dustin Burrows and John Frullo.
Similar to the other cities who have passed such ordinances, New Home’s ordinance implements the abortion ban by imposing fines on abortion providers. The catch is that this ordinance will go into effect once Roe v. Wade is overturned. Providers will also be held liable for carrying out abortions, and families who have children that were aborted will now be able to sue them.
The Texas reported that “Waskom, Naples, Joaquin, Tenaha, Gilmer, Westbrook, Rusk, Colorado City, Gary, Big Spring, Wells, Whiteface, and East Mountain are the other cities that have adopted the ordinance, modeled by Dickson. The town of Omaha adopted the ordinance but later pulled its teeth, making it a symbolic resolution instead.”
Texans are getting fed up with the inaction of legislators at the state and federal level. So, they’re taking matters into their own hands at the local level. Similar to Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions, these pro-life movements represent a growing dissatisfaction with the political status quo and are likely a sign of how politics will be conducted from here on out.
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