What’s At Stake When We Call a Fetus a Person

Not every pregnancy ends in a live birth. Some estimates show that nearly half of all pregnancies end in miscarriages, 1 in 160 end in stillbirths or fetal deaths, and 18% end in abortion. When these outcomes happen, sometimes family members and the state look for someone to blame. No one should be punished for experiencing a pregnancy loss or exercising their legal right to an abortion. But when a fetus, and even an embryo, is determined to be a legal person, that can happen. In Tennessee, it already did.

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Doula Resolution Unanimously Voted Out of Subcommittee; Virtual Day on the Hill, a Big Success

This week, like in years past, advocates from across the state joined together to advocate for reproductive freedom at the Capitol. Adapting to COVID, this year was entirely virtual. Kicking off our day on the hill, Nina gave a grassroots lobbying training on Monday night, walking participants through the Tennessee government, reproductive freedom policy work, and practicing real life scenarios in preparation for their meetings with legislators the next day.

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Punishing Families for a National Eviction Crisis Is the Definition of Cruel, Tennessee is Considering Doing It Anyway

Between 210,000-300,000 families in Tennessee are currently in danger of eviction. Over 30% of Tennessee households are at risk, with the impact of the eviction crisis disproportionately falling on Black women (before and during this pandemic). Renters owe between $457 million and $599 million in unpaid rent to landlords across the state. In the meantime, the Tennessee government sits on over $700 million funds earmarked for poor families in need. To make matters worse, Senator Ferrell Haile and Representative Mike Carter have introduced a bill (SB205/HB200) that allows judges to consider housing instability in determining whether to terminate parental rights for poor parents struggling to make ends meet.

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HFTN Responds to the "State of the State"

On Monday February 8th at 6pm, Governor Bill Lee took the stage at the War Memorial Auditorium to address the Tennessee General Assembly and the people of the state. His pre-shared talking points emphasized budgetary priorities, celebrating 225 years of statehood, improving K-12 education, investing in rural communities, and what he described as a “pro-life and pro-family” agenda. What followed was a lengthy recounting of the state’s fiscal solvency, with only a brief mention of the human impacts of the multiple tragedies Tennesseeans have faced this past year. While Governor Lee demonstrated his prowess with a calculator, he paid little attention to the suffering of Tennesseeans.

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