Tennessee Right To Life Opposes Sen. Briggs’ Amendment To Abortion Exemptions Bill

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Press Release –

Tennessee Right to Life continues to strongly oppose SB745 by Senator Briggs as amended with Amendment #6282 that was filed by the sponsor and is set to be heard in Senate Judiciary Tuesday, March 21, at 1:00 CT. The proposal would weaken the Human Life Protection Act and goes far beyond the simple clarifications that legislators have requested. 

Tennessee Right to Life had hoped that SB745 would get a new sponsor and be amended with Amendment #5705, which is the same language that passed the House tonight and that TRL approves. Unfortunately, that has not happened yet. 

The amendment that Senator Briggs has offered (#6282) would significantly broaden the scope of the HLPA and allow for more children to be aborted in our state and would remove protections from those unborn children who receive a diagnosis of a congenital or chromosomal abnormality.

Tennessee Right to Life cannot support a bill that would allow unborn children to be legally euthanized.

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Dr. Robin Pierucci, a neonatologist who was invited to speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee several weeks ago had compelling testimony prepared and had this to say: With regards specifically to “lethal anomalies” there is no reason obstetricians need a legal carve-out to abort these babies. It is reasonable to refuse this gruesome request for multiple reasons:

Doctors get the diagnosis wrong.  Genetic screening tests are often misapplied or misinterpreted, with a significant chance that a positive test result is NOT a true positive; again, the diagnosis is wrong, and the judgment is lethal.

Abortion does not cure anything. No other group of human beings with discovered chromosomal abnormalities, handicaps, or special needs are open season for killing. In fact, we have laws to protect them. 

The inability to cure is never an excuse for abandonment or lack of care. Abortion is, sadly, guilty of both.

Parents survive better individually and as a couple when they are not accomplices to their own child’s death.”

Senator Briggs has been on a campaign to weaken Tennessee’s law since it went into effect in August of 2022. Tennessee Right to Life Political Action Committee revoked his endorsement last year because of his ongoing attacks and criticisms of the Human Life Protection Act after committing to the PAC and his constituents that he would defend the law against attempts to weaken it.  

The House companion bill HB883 was amended last week with Amendment #5705 which totally rewrote the bill and made it acceptable to the pro-life position and was thus supported by Tennessee Right to Life. That bill passed the full house vote overwhelmingly Monday night. 

Contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee ASAP and ask them to only support the bill that is amended with the same language that was passed by the House on HB883.   


4 thoughts on “Tennessee Right To Life Opposes Sen. Briggs’ Amendment To Abortion Exemptions Bill

  • March 21, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    I think Tennessee Right to Life’s position is extremist and I can’t support it. I’ll vote against anyone and oppose any group who would force raped girls to have the rapist’s baby or force any woman to have a baby that can’t survive. It’s just as much a moral issue for me as it is for them. I don’t define “conservative” as forcing raped girls to have the rapist’s baby.

    I had never heard of Richard Briggs, but I looked him up and it turns out he is a MD and a decorated hero – Tennessee Right to Life intentionally didn’t mention that. He also a MD and a Colonel with over 30 years of military service in command and leadership positions – Colonel Briggs has completed combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq as a senior war trauma surgeon serving wounded American warriors, and he served as a combat trauma surgeon during Operation Desert Storm and was awarded the Bronze Star during combat operations.

    Not mentioning important info discredits the article – what else aren’t they mentioning?

    I’m saving this article and will donate to Col. Dr. Briggs.

    • March 21, 2023 at 9:02 pm

      I know a fellow who’s father was his grandfather.
      We’re all glad he wasn’t aborted.
      I’m with TRL.

    • March 22, 2023 at 3:07 am

      Freedom to life is a basic human right. Period.

  • March 22, 2023 at 10:59 am

    While I agree that carefully worded rape and incest exceptions make sense, I take issue with holding Sen. Briggs up as an example of a paragon of legislative value. Last year the Sen Briggs that some want to put up on a pedestal, tried to surreptitiously pass a bill that would allow giving the HPV vaccine to minors without parental consent or parental knowledge. He also supports giving state benefits to illegal aliens without admitting to the public that he’s doing that. https://dailyrollcall.com/tennessees-elected-gop-are-redefining-the-word-conservative/
    And that’s just for starters for the list of his contemptible voting record. And of course let’s no forget when Briggs admitted that he never bothered to read the trigger law bill that he voted for – just the kind of politician Tennessee needs?


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