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April 25, 2008

Senate Passes Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act 
This is good news. H.R. 493, the Genetic Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was passed (as amended) by the Senate by a vote of 95-0, with Senators McCain, DeMint, Gregg, Clinton and Obama absent.

The bill would prohibit discrimination in insurance and employment based on information gleaned from genetic testing. The bill covered individuals and children born to or adopted by them. Unborn children were not included, so that if a baby underwent a genetic test in-utero, and was found to be predisposed to a genetic abnormality, an insurance company could refuse to cover the child once he is born.

Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI), a leader in the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, offered an amendment, passed by the House, that fixed the problem. The Stupak amendment insures that the terms "genetic information from a family member" includes genetic information from "any fetus carried by such pregnant woman," "any embryo held by the individual or family member," and also includes children placed for adoption. This language is essential to ensure that families are not discriminated against based on genetic information from their unborn children. Pressure to abort children based on genetic information is a real possibility. A review of studies showed that 92% of unborn children who test positive for Down Syndrome are aborted. The ACLU testified in 1998 regarding a woman who was pressured to have an abortion because her unborn child tested positive for cystic fibrosis. Health insurance companies and employers should not be allowed to use genetic information from unborn children to discriminate against families or to pressure parents to abort children. (Family Research Council Letter to Congress, 4/23/08)

Tennessee Law Prohibits Laws Restricting Abortion!

Tennessee can't ban Partial Birth Abortion unless they pass a constitutional amendment.

Please Help Spread the Word to your friends and family in Tennessee.


Please watch the following videos.

The following was sent to us by Bobbie Patray, President of Tennessee Eagle Forum. If you live in Tennessee or have family members and friends who live there, please inform them of this effort and ask them to help.

In 2000, the Tennessee State Supreme Court declared UNCONSTITUTIONAL our informed consent law, our law requiring that second trimester abortions be done in a hospital, and the required waiting period giving women time to reflect on the decision they are about to make. The Court justified its decision by saying that our State Constitution had a stronger 'right to privacy' than the United States Constitution.

In February of this year, the Attorney General issued an official opinion saying that based on the 2000 court decision, if the state legislature tried to ban partial-birth abortion [http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/pba/], that law, if challenged in court, would be 'constitutionally suspect." In other words, he said, "I have my doubts about even being able to defend such a law."

The only way to make our State Constitution 'neutral' on abortion, like it was for 130 years, is to pass the proposed Constitutional Amendment, SJR 127*. We only have about three weeks to get the job done.

SJR 127 would allow you to vote on an amendment to our state Constitution that would allow partial-birth abortion to be banned and allow for other common sense abortion laws to be enacted.

SJR 127 has passed the Senate four times, but each time it has been stopped in a House subcommittee by six people including this year. This action keeps the six million Tennesseans from having their say.

Your state Representative is being asked to vote to allow the resolution to by-pass this subcommittee where it's stuck to bring it directly to the House floor so all our Representatives can vote. If this motion does not pass and this resolution is not approved, you will not be able to vote on this amendment until at least 2014!

Please go to http://www.lifepetition.org/ and watch the brief videos.

There you will find all the information you need to take action to make YOUR voice heard.

Then get this information to your family, friends and neighbors and especially YOUR PASTOR. One or both videos can be shown in your church and bulletin inserts are available online. Then please take the time to pray earnestly for this undertaking — with God's help,


*The following is the actual text of the proposed Constitutional Amendment found in SJR127:

Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.

Never forget that YOU were once an embryo.

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