3 Pro-Life Bills To Be Heard By TN General Assembly Committees

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

Subcommittees and Committees in the Tennessee Legislature will hear three pro-life bills this week, beginning Tuesday, March 15th.

If you support the passage of any or all of these bills, contact the associated subcommittee and committee members and your legislators prior to their meetings.

#1 Tennessee Abortion-Inducing Drug Risk Protocol Act – a.k.a. the Tele-Med Abortion Ban

House Bill 2416 (HB2416) sponsored by Representative Debra Moody (R-Covington) and Senate Bill 2281 (SB2281), sponsored by Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) comes in response to the FDA recently announcing they are openly encouraging tele-med and mail-order abortion prescriptions.

The amended legislation now reads “Enacts the Tennessee Abortion Inducing Drug Risk Protocol Act. States that an abortion-inducing drug may be provided only by a qualified physician and sets the procedures that must be taken by that physician prior to and following providing an abortion-inducing drug.  Bans abortion-inducing drugs from being provided on elementary, secondary, or postsecondary school grounds.  Creates a Class E felony for anyone who intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly violates this act. States that failure to comply with this act provides a basis for a civil malpractice action against a healthcare provider.”

HB2416 is scheduled to be heard by the House Health Subcommittee on March 15th. Republican representatives serving on the Health Subcommittee are listed below.

House Health Subcommittee:

Chairman Bob Ramsey – rep.bob.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-3560

Clark Boyd – rep.clark.boyd@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-7086

David Byrd – rep.david.byrd@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-2190

Mark Hall – rep.mark.hall@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-1350

Sabi Kumar – rep.sabi.kumar@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-2860

Pat Marsh – rep.pat.marsh@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-6824

Mark Hall – rep.mark.hall@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-1350

Sabi Kumar – rep.sabi.kumar@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-2860

Pat Marsh – rep.pat.marsh@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-6824

Bryan Terry – rep.bryan.terry@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-2180

SB2281 was recommended for passage with amendments by the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 7-2 vote with only the Democrats voting against.

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#2 Local Government Abortion Funding Ban

House Bill 2466 (HB2466), sponsored by Representative Tom Leatherwood (R-Arlington) and Senate Bill 2444 (SB2444), sponsored by Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville), prohibits local government from providing monetary assistance to an elective abortion provider.

House Bill 2466 has been placed on the Local Government Committee for March 15th, 2022.

Senate Bill 2444 has been placed on the State and Local Government Committee calendar for the same day.

Please find the contact information for the Republicans on the committees below:

House Local Government Committee

John Crawford (chair) – rep.john.crawford@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-7623

Dave Wright (vice-chair) – rep.dave.wright@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-6879

Kent Calfee – rep.kent.calfee@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-7658

Dale Carr – rep.dale.carr@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-5981 

Ron Gant – rep.ron.gant@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-6890

Esther Helton  – rep.esther.helton@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-1934

John B Holsclaw, Jr – rep.john.holsclaw@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-7450

Tom Leatherwood – rep.tom.leatherwood@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-7084

Eddie Mannis – rep.eddie.mannis@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-2287

Debra Moody  – rep.debra.moody@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-3774

Senate State and Local Government Committee

Richard Briggs (chair) – sen.richard.briggs@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-1766

Todd Gardenhire (vice-chair) – sen.todd.gardenhire@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-6682

Page Walley (2nd vice-chair) – sen.page.walley@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-2368

Ed Jackson – sen.ed.jackson@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-1810

Brian Kelsey – sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-3036

Bill Powers – sen.bill.powers@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-2374

Ken Yager – sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741 -1449


#3 Abortion Influence Education Bill

House Bill 2557 (HB2557), sponsored by Representative Debra Moody (R-Covington), and Senate Bill 2158 (SB2158) sponsored by Senator Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) , as introduced, prohibits a Local Education Agency (LEA) or public charter school from knowingly entering into an agreement with an individual or entity that performs abortions, induces abortions, provides abortion referrals, or provides funding, advocacy, or other support for abortions.

HB2557 passed the House of Representatives with 70 Ayes, 21 Nays & with 1 person not voting.

Only the Democrats voted Nay on the bill.

The Senate version (SB2158) has been placed on the calendar for the Senate Education Committee for March 16th, 2022. Republican Senators serving on the Education Committee  are listed below.

Senate Education Committee

Jon Lundberg (Acting Chair) – sen.jon.lundberg@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-5761

Mike Bell – sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-1946

Rusty Crowe – sen.rusty.crowe@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-2468

Ferrell Haile – sen.ferrell.haile@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-1999

Joey Hensley – sen.joey.hensley@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-3100

Brian Kelsey – sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-3036

Bill Powers – sen.bill.powers@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-2374

Dawn White – sen.dawn.white@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-6853

About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com

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