Thursday, October 12, 2006

Tennessee Right-to-Life Endorses Jim Bryson

(NASHVILLE, TN) - Tennessee Right to Life, the state's largest pro-life organization, today endorsed state Senator Jim Bryson (R-Franklin) for Governor.

"I am honored to have the endorsement of Tennessee Right to Life," Sen. Bryson said. "The sanctity of life is a fundamental part of Tennessee values, and as Governor, I will continue to fight for the protection of innocent life at all stages."

In the Senate, Sen. Bryson sponsored legislation to create the Choose Life license plate, whose proceeds go to a fund dedicated to helping women facing an unexpected or difficult pregnancy. Governor Bredesen refused to sign that legislation and stalled the production of the plates until a US Supreme Court ruling said the plates were constitutional.

Sen. Bryson also co-sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 127, a resolution which would allow a public vote to restore common sense pro-life laws in Tennessee. All restrictions were thrown out by the state Supreme Court in 2000 so Tennessee's constitution now grants a greater right to abortion than the U.S. Constitution.

Tennessee Right to Life Chairman Brian Harris said: "There could not be a more stark distinction between Phil Bredesen and Jim Bryson than that which exists on the matter of human life. Phil Bredesen is pro-abortion, opposed SJR 127 and refused to sign the Choose Life plate into law. In contrast, Jim Bryson is passionately pro-life, an adoptive father and sponsor of both SJR 127 and the Choose Life plate.

That's why the 45 active chapters of Tennessee Right to Life are so deeply grateful for the leadership and vision of Jim Bryson. We strongly support him because he has been there for pro-life Tennesseans - and for unborn children. We look forward to working hard in the days ahead to carry his message of hope, compassion and respect for human life into every county across the great state of Tennessee."

Sen. Bryson and his wife are the parents of three adopted children as well as one birth-child.

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