One week before election day, the state’s oldest and largest pro-life organization held a capitol hill press conference Thursday praising Diane Black’s pro-life record at the state Legislature and in the Congress.
“Diane Black is one of Tennessee’s most effective pro-life legislators, ever,” said Karen Brukardt, Legislative Liaison for Tennessee Right to Life. “As a state legislator and in Congress, Diane Black has not just cast pro-life votes, she has led the fight to restore respect for all human life,” Brukardt said.
During her years in the Tennessee General Assembly, Black often served as prime sponsor for policies of greatest importance to Tennessee Right to Life. In addition to sponsoring landmark legislation placing a proposed pro-life constitutional on the ballot in 2014, Black successfully sponsored amendments and bills to strip from state law preferential treatment for Planned Parenthood and making Tennessee the first Legislature to ‘opt out’ of abortion-funding mandates within the new Federal health care bill.
As a member of the U.S. Congress, Black’s very first bill, House C.R. 36, sought to ban tax payer funding for Planned Parenthood affiliates across the nation. While passing the House, the effort stalled in the Senate where abortion-rights advocates currently hold a solid majority.
“The endorsement of Tennessee Right to Life signifies a demonstrated record, not just unproven and untested campaign rhetoric,” said Brian Harris, the organization’s president. “Diane’s long history of leadership has paid rich dividends for Tennessee’s pro-life movement and, more importantly, for helpless unborn children who have no other voice,” Harris said.
“We urge every pro-life voter in the 6th district to work and vote for the election of a proven pro-life leader who has gotten results in the fight to protect human life,” said Harris.
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Founded in 1973, Tennessee Right to Life and its 35 local chapters is Tennessee’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Through public advocacy, educational outreach, and benevolent efforts, Tennessee Right to Life continues to see lives protected and saved.