As an eight-year-old, I remember attending a peaceful demonstration outside of a local abortion clinic with my family and several church members. I was taught at this young age by my parents that God knew all of us when we were still in the womb and that all life is precious.
I have been passionate about this issue ever since this early experience, and fighting for our unborn children remains one of my top priorities as a member of the Tennessee General Assembly.
In recent years, we have worked tirelessly to strengthen protections for our unborn, while providing a voice for the voiceless. Before we adjourned this year, we passed perhaps the most historic and significant pro-life initiative in the entire nation — House Bill 2263.
This legislation bans abortion procedures in Tennessee at the point a fetal heartbeat is detected or around six weeks. It also outlaws procedures based upon sex, race, and any prenatal diagnosis regarding Down syndrome in unborn children. Additionally, House Bill 2263 includes a ladder provision that enacts other prohibitions after other various gestation intervals up to 24 weeks. These would take effect if the courts struck down the six-week ban or any other component of this measure.
House Bill 2263 also requires doctors to conduct an ultrasound, show images to an expectant mother and inform her about her baby’s development. An amendment added to the bill establishes a requirement that all facilities where 50 or more abortion procedures are performed each year to post signage informing patients their chemical abortion procedure is reversible. Patients would receive this same notification prior to and after the first dose of a two-dose abortion-inducing drug treatment has been administered.
According to Lifenews.com, more humans died as the result of abortion in the United States two years ago than any other leading cause of death. Additionally, more than 50 million U.S. children have lost their lives since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion procedures in 1973. I stand in strong support of House Bill 2263 because these types of legislative initiatives will save millions of lives.
Children are our most precious gifts, and I am proud of the work we have done in recent years to further protect them. Please continue to pray for all unborn children and for their expectant mothers. I am committed to fighting for these important groups, their families, and for the citizens of our community and this state. Together, we will save the lives of more of our most vulnerable, while also ensuring Tennessee remains a national pro-life leader.
William Lamberth is the House Majority Leader for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. He is also a member of the House Finance, House Government Operations, and House Calendar & Rules Committees, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Lamberth lives in Portland and represents Tennessee House District 44, which includes part of Sumner County.