Press Release From Tennessee Right to Life, April 12, 2010:
(Nashville) In a dramatic show of opposition to tax-payer funding of abortion, a strong bi-partisan majority of pro-life House members passed HB 2681 which strictly limits the use of public funds in health exchanges mandated by the new federal health plan.
The language was passed 70-23 and states: “No health care plan required to be established in this state through an exchange pursuant to federal health care reform legislation enacted by the 111th Congress shall offer coverage for abortion services.”
The state’s leading pro-life organization applauded the bill’s lopsided passage.
“Tennessee is a strongly pro-life state,” said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. “Following years of a pro-abortion minority squelching the voices of the majority, our legislators have boldly expressed our state’s commitment to life,” Harris said. “We thank each pro-life member for their leadership and their courage.”
Right to Life singled out the bill’s sponsor, pro-life state Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) for praise. “Regardless of the attacks brought by pro-abortion activists, Rep. Hill remained focused on the mission of protecting unborn children and providing real help and alternatives to women and families in need,” Harris said.
The Senate companion, SB 2686, will be heard in the Commerce committee on Wednesday where pro-life advocates hold a strong majority.