The Tennessee Right to Life recently endorsed State Sen. Raymond Finney in the Republican primary on Aug. 7.
Speaking on behalf of the organization, Tennessee Right to Life president Brian Harris joined with local chapter leaders to make the public announcement.
“With the re-election of Raymond Finney, voters have a unique opportunity to support one of the Legislature’s most capable defenders of the human life,” said Harris.
“Senator Finney’s demonstrated commitment to promoting respect for human life is matched by his compassion and concern for the women, children and families of this state,” said Mandi Leopper, president of Blount County chapter of Right to Life.
Ursula Beckman, president of the Sevier county affiliate, agreed. “Raymond’s credentials as a physician and a longtime advocate qualify him to speak effectively on matters affecting the protection and dignity of human life.”
According to the organization, election of pro-life leaders is all the more critical considering recent debate on SJR 127, a proposed amendment resolution calling for a public vote on abortion regulation in Tennessee. The resolution has passed the Senate four times since 2001 but has been opposed and defeated each time in the House by pro-abortion Democratic leadership despite the sponsorship and support of a majority of state House members.
Harris acknowledged the organization’s lack of support for challenger, outgoing State Rep. Doug Overbey. “While in the House, Rep. Overbey consistently voted to support the election of a radically pro-abortion Speaker of the House,” said Harris. “As a result, efforts in the House to restore even the most modest pro-life laws in our state were squelched and killed without debate or vote.”
Harris said the organization is confident that Finney “will continue to support the election of pro-life leadership in the Legislature and to consistently lead the fight to protect innocent human life.”