Commentary Bobbie Patray: Last Chance for Heartbeat


We have been waiting for this since April 22. As you may recall the ‘heartbeat’ bill passed the State House, but, due to some questions about the text, it was sent to a ‘day certain’ summer study by the Senate Judiciary Committee at the end of the legislation session

That Senate hearing will be held on Monday, August 12th at 1:00 pm and Tuesday, August 13 at 9:00 am in Senate Hearing Room 1 in Cordell Hull.

Our good friend, former Senator and now President of Family Action Council, David Fowler helped to rewrite the bill after the state House passed a different version that was constitutionally questionable. He will be testifying during the hearing. 

If you care about this issue, and I certainly hope that each of our subscribers does, you will want to contact each of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (see contact information below) and urge them to support this rewritten legislation.  If this bill fails, there won’t be another bill like it until at least 2021.  

The opposition to this legislation is very strong which is why we must be faithful in PRAYING and ACTING!  Just because Tennessee is considered to be such a ‘red, pro-life state’ does NOT necessarily mean this bill will get out of committee. That may depend on YOU! 

Groups Call for Christians to Come to the Capitol and Pray During the Heartbeat Bill Summer Study .

As the Summer Study for Tennessee’s Heartbeat Bill approaches, groups are calling for Christians to join in a Prayer March being held on August 12, the first day of the proceedings.

promotional video, created by Life Choices of Memphis and joined by Bott Radio NetworkConservative Christians of Tennessee and the Tennessee Pastors Network, calls on Christian families from all across Tennessee to come to the State Capitol at the start of the Heartbeat Bill Summer Study

ACLU-Tennessee calls on residents to voice opposition in fetal heartbeat bill hearings .
NASHVILLE, Tenn.–The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU-TN) is calling on Tennesseans to attend a public hearing on the proposed fetal heartbeat bill.

Senate Judiciary Committee

Chairman Mike Bell (R-Riceville)
          (615) 741-1946
Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol),
           (615) 741-5761       
Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro)
             (615) 741-6853
Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma)
               (615) 741-6694
Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga)
     (615) 741-6682
Sara Kyle (D-Memphis)
          (615) 741-4167
Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield)
           (615) 741-4499
Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis)
        (615) 741-2509
John Stevens (R-Huntingdon)
          (615) 741-4576



Monday, August 12
1:00 PM – Cordell Hull Building,
Senate Hearing Room I

(schedule subject to change)

Opening remarks by the Chairman and Committee

Elizabeth Insogna, Office of Legal Services

Adam J. MacLeod, professor of law, Faulkner Univeristy

Nate Kellum, Center for Religious Expression

David Fowler, Family Action Council of Tennessee

CeCe Heil, American Center for Law and Justice

Randy Davis, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board

Jim Bopp, National Right to Life Committee

Tuesday, August 13
8:00 AM – Cordell Hull Building,
Senate Hearing Room I

(schedule subject to change)

David Forte, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Richard Mast, Liberty Council

Jeff Cobble

Dr. Brent Boles

Paul Linton, special council to the Tennessee Right to Life

Heather Shumaker, National Women’s Law Center

Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN

Dr. Nikki Zeit, Planned Parenthood of Tennessee

Tracey George, Planned Parenthood of Tennessee

Jay Hartley, Planned Parenthood of Tennesee

Alan Keyes

Dr. David Stevens, Christian Medical and Dental Association

Hal Rounds

Moe Proctor

June Griffin, Tennessee Committee for the Bill of Rights

Dr. Richard Orland, Beloved Heart

Nancy Corley, Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee

Rabbi Laurie Rice, Congregation Micah

Cherisse Scott, SisterReach

Dr. Susan Dodd, Knoxville Reproductive Health Center

Regardless of where you are you can pray and it you can’t attend, you can watch the hearing  at this link on the TN Capitol website.


Bobbie Patray