Officials Defend Unborn at Rally
by Scott Stewart
Federal, state and local elected officials defended the rights of unborn children at a Pro-Life Rally in Pulaski Saturday.
U.S. Congressman Mark Green, State Rep. Clay Doggett, State Sen. Joey Hensley and 22nd Judicial District Attorney General Brent Cooper spoke to an audience at First National Bank’s Giles Heritage Theatre to discuss abortion and the need to protect the unborn.
The rally was sponsored by the Giles County Republican Party as a way to present a strong stance against abortion and infanticide, according to event organizer Chris Morris.
Green, who represents Tennessee’s Seventh District in the U.S. Congress, was the event’s keynote speaker.
“You can’t have freedom without virtue or a fixed morality — right and wrong. If we can decide what is right or wrong that makes morality relative to you and me. We can just pick it. We can say you know what it’s okay if we deliver the baby and decide if it can live.”
Green turned to science, noting that currently in the state of Tennessee prosecutors are allowed to charge the DNA of a rape suspect even if they don’t know who the person is, basically charging the DNA as the individual.
Green went on to explain how the mother and the baby in her womb have separate blood supplies, calling the baby “a distinct individual.”
“They didn’t know back in ’73, but we know now,” he said.
Green also pointed to the ability now to have an egg fertilized, frozen and later put into the womb as enough proof for him that life begins when DNA comes together at conception.
“You can’t deny it,” he said. “You can’t deny the heartbeat. You can’t deny the blood supply difference. You can’t deny the DNA. It is real. It is a distinct human being and it deserves the rights that our constitution grants for you and I.”
Green called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and proposed the use of that funding to “provide women’s health in an amazing way and not kill children in the womb.”
“It is time that we fight for the unborn,” he concluded.
Doggett, who represents Giles County as part of the state’s 65th House District, traced the history of abortion from the creation of the United States through today.
“We still haven’t done enough yet,” Doggett said. “Life begins at conception. That is something you can believe outside of religion. Scientifically we are people from the very beginning. It is our obligation to ensure equal protection under the law.”
Doggett went on to call for better education before conception and more support when a woman finds herself facing a “seemingly impossible situation.”
Doggett finished by asking if 2019 would see the end of abortion in the United States, admitting that it is not likely.
“Hopefully we will live to see it,” he concluded.
Looking at abortion from the perspective of the law, Cooper concluded, “With abortion we suspend all reason under the law. It makes absolutely no sense to me.”
He explained that people under the age of 18 can’t buy a car or buy cigarettes and they have a separate judicial system.
“But a 17-year-old girl without parental consent can end the life of an unborn child,” he said. “What is the bigger decision? Buying a car? Stealing gum? Will this decision follow her for the rest of her life? Will it have an impact on society?”
Hensley, who represents Giles County as part of District 28 in the Tennessee Senate, said that elected officials and politicians can argue about a lot of things.
“When it comes to life, abortion and the protection of the unborn there is no compromise,” Hensley said.
Hensley recalled the effort to change Tennessee’s constitution when the state Supreme Court ruled that it did not protect unborn life.
Hensley said he has sponsored a bill to take state funding away from Planned Parenthood. He also noted a bill the state passed to make abortion clinics uphold the requirements of other medical clinics.
Finally, Hensley said this year a law was passed that would allow the state to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.