TITUSVILLE, FL — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today thanked the Tennessee Legislature for passing a bill to protect babies once a heartbeat has been detected.
“The presence of a heartbeat in the unborn child is a clear sign of life,” Father Pavone said. “The fact that abortion stops a beating heart gives many people reason to stop and re-evaluate their position on this issue.
“I look forward to the day Gov. Bill Lee signs this bill into law.”
Noting the criticism from the pro-abortion ACLU that the legislation is unconstitutional, Father Pavone said that claim is spurious.
“There is no right to abortion found in the U.S. Constitution. The word isn’t there, and the idea that our Constitution permits the killing of a baby is both absurd and offensive.
“Moreover, in Tennessee in 2014, voters passed an amendment asserting that nothing in the state constitution ‘secures or protects a right to abortion or the funding of an abortion,’” Father Pavone said. “The amendment, challenged in court, of course, by Planned Parenthood, ultimately was upheld by a unanimous decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“We need more judges on more federal courts willing to uphold the Constitution without reading into it any rights that aren’t there. The best way to ensure the appointment and confirmation of these judges is to re-elect pro-life President Trump and the Republican Senate.”
SOURCE Priests For Life