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ERLC’s Russell Moore Commends Tennessee Legislature Approval of Tennessee Infants Protection Act

May 4, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 3, 2017—Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, applauded the passage of the “Tennessee Infants Protection Act” (SB 1180/HB 1189) by the Tennessee Legislature. This bill, once signed into law, would prohibit abortions in the state of Tennessee after 20 weeks.

In response to the approval of this bill, Moore said:

"I am thankful the Tennessee Legislature approved this bill. No society can seriously call itself humane while 20 week-old unborn children are unprotected from the abortion industry. We have much further to go as a government and as a culture in protecting the dignity of all human life, but this is a welcome step in the right direction. This bill is a common sense measure that will protect the unborn, mothers and families from deceptive and manipulative medical practices. It deserves the support not only of those who identify as pro-life, but all who stand for dignity anywhere, and I look forward to this bill becoming law."

This Tennessee state Senate on voted 27-3 to approve the measure Monday, and the Tennessee state House voted 68-18 and provided final legislative approval Wednesday. The legislation now goes to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam for consideration.

Advancing pro-life legislation is central to the advocacy efforts of the ERLC. A complete listing of the ERLC Legislative Agenda can be found at this link. ERLC also hosts an annual pro-life conference in Washington, D.C., and has published The Gospel and Abortion, a book edited by Russell Moore and Andrew Walker.

The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.2 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

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Matthew Herriman

Matthew Herriman is the Political Director the the Tennessee Senate GOP Caucus.  Read More by this Author