What do you believe about abortion and The Rule of Law Life Act?

While some efforts across the country have been successful in limiting abortion, hundreds of thousands of unborn babies still lose their lives to abortion every year in the United States.

FACT believes that life begins at conception, and we drafted a bill protecting life in the womb as soon as it can be detected. It was based on the argument that the 9th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects our absolute rights at common law, one of which is the right to life even “in the mother’s womb.” This legislation would have been drastically different from “heartbeat bills” because it does not argue for life within the limited confines of the Court’s 14th Amendment Roe v Wade decision. Roe is not precedent for a 9th Amendment-based law.

Every heartbeat bill ever enacted has been held unenforceable.

Do you agree with FACT and others, that taking Roe v. Wade head-on, as the Rule of Law Life Act does, would be a better approach than a Missouri "laddered" approach?

We asked all the candidates:

What do you believe about abortion and The Rule of Law Life Act?

These are were their answers:

I agree with FACT that the Rule of Law Life Act is the best approach to abortion legislation.

The following candidates answered this way.
Janice Bowling

Sen. Janice Bowling

Republican

Senate District 16

Diane Canada

Diane Canada

Republican

House District 56 Candidate

Glen Casada

Rep. Glen Casada

Republican

House District 63

Scott Cepicky

Rep. Scott Cepicky

Republican

House District 64

Vincent Cuevas

Vincent Cuevas

Republican

House District 92 Candidate

Tandy Darby

Tandy Darby

Republican

House District 76 Candidate

John Dawson

John Dawson

Republican

House District 67 Candidate

Bruce Griffey

Rep. Bruce Griffey

Republican

House District 75

Joey Hensley

Sen. Joey Hensley

Republican

Senate District 28

Tom Leatherwood

Rep. Tom Leatherwood

Republican

House District 99

John McMahan

John McMahan

Republican

House District 76 Candidate

Lee Mills

Lee Mills

Republican

House District 99 Candidate

Brandon Ogles

Rep. Brandon Ogles

Republican

House District 61

Patricia Possel

Patricia Possel

Republican

House District 96 Candidate

Paul Rose

Sen. Paul Rose

Republican

Senate District 32

Paul Sherrell

Rep. Paul Sherrell

Republican

House District 43

Jai Templeton

Jai Templeton

Republican

Senate District 26 Candidate

Terri Lynn Weaver

Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver

Republican

House District 40

Ryan Williams

Rep. Ryan Williams

Republican

House District 42

I disagree with FACT and believe we must continue to find incremental ways to protect babies in the womb, including heartbeat bills.

The following candidates answered this way.
Esther Helton

Rep. Esther Helton

Republican

House District 30

Ronnie Holden

Ronnie Holden

Republican

House District 47 Candidate

Kelly Keisling

Rep. Kelly Keisling

Republican

House District 38

Jarvus Turnley

Jarvus Turnley

Democrat

House District 66 Candidate

I am unsure.

The following candidates answered this way.
Matthew Hill

Rep. Matthew Hill

Republican

House District 7

Other

The following candidates gave their own answers

"I support Women’s Healthcare Rights including a woman’s right to make the best choice for herself and her family, and if she needs a medical procedure such as an abortion to protect her own life, I fully support that right to choose."

Carol Abney

Carol Abney

Republican Candidate

House District 38

"Tennessee has just passed legislation regarding abortion. I am pro-life."

Elaine Davis

Elaine Davis

Republican Candidate

House District 13

"I have not heard this argument before and would need more information; I am unsure."

Becky Duncan Massey

Sen. Becky Duncan Massey

Republican

Senate District 6

"I'm Pro-Life and fully support the best legislation to protect the life of the unborn. I would be interested in reviewing FACT's legislation."

Gina Oster

Gina Oster

Republican Candidate

House District 18

"In my opinion, the case to be overturned is Casey, not Roe. The battle is against government action that places an undue burden. Casey fundamentally changed the landscape of abortion law even as Roe is an abomination as a matter of law and in logical reasoning. "

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