Tennessee Pastors Network Urges Senators to Vote to Bring Heartbeat Bill to the Floor

Pastor Dale Walker, President of the Tennessee Pastors Network , is urging members of the Tennessee State Senate to support Senator Mark Pody’s efforts to bring his Heartbeat Bill (SB1236) to a vote in the full Senate. The House version of the Heartbeat Bill, HB 0077, passed the full House on March 7 by an overwhelming vote of 65 Ayes 21 Nays and 7 Present Not Voting. The Senate version was sent to Summer Study by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is where bills Leadership wants to kill are sent to languish. Senator Pody is relying on Senate Rule 63 to seek to immediately bring the bill directly to the full Senate for a vote.

“Senators are faced with a clear choice to either support or not support unborn life with their vote on the Rule 63 motion,” Walker noted. “A vote against bringing this bill to the Senate for an up or down vote is a vote to kill it and is a vote for virtually unrestricted abortions to continue in Tennessee. A vote for the bill to proceed — and a vote for it in the Senate — is the only actual pro-Life position.”

“It’s outrageous that some Senators are hiding behind Tennessee Right to Life’s opposition to this bill. Other states have passed similar legislation in recent weeks that protect unborn babies once their heartbeat begins. They have done so with the full and active support of their own state right to life organizations,” Walker added. “The problem in Tennessee is our so-called right to life organization, not this bill!”

The Senate version of the Heartbeat Bill currently has 11 of the 33 Senators, 26 of whom are Republicans, as co-sponsors. In addition, two Senators not currently signed on to the bill, Paul Rose (R-Tipton) and Art Swann (R-Maryville) have both said they would vote in favor of the Heartbeat Bill if it made it to the Senate floor. 17 votes are needed to bring invoke Rule 63, and 17 votes are needed to secure passage of the bill.






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2 Thoughts to “Tennessee Pastors Network Urges Senators to Vote to Bring Heartbeat Bill to the Floor”

  1. Matt Studd

    Brother, I have sent the following request to World Outreach Church M’boro, New Vision Baptist M’boro, Belle Aire Baptist M’boro, and Lifepoint in Smyrna.

    I am hopeful that an opportunity will be availed. A blitz would be awesome. I know that Mark Pody is up to the challenge, I hope and pray that our churches are as well.

    Greetings in The Name that Heaven ALWAYS Honors … Jesus Messiah!

    I have an urgent request, a very urgent request. As you may know, Senator Mark Pody and others have been valiantly fighting to DEFEND the Lives of the Unborn through the SB 1236 Heartbeat Bill. The House version of this Bill HB 77, passed overwhelmingly. However, when voted on by the Judiciary Committee, by a split vote, this Bill was sent to “Summer Study” (where Bills typically go to die), despite all of the expert testimonies by a number of very credible supporters, including Dr. Bowles and David Fowler.

    We know that Good Friday was seen by many, as a dark gloomy event, whereby the Heartbeat of our Lord and Savior Jesus, was STOPPED by very brutal means. But we also know, that Jesus allowed this event, to lay down His Life on the Cross of Calvary, to pay a Sin Debt He didn’t owe, for a price, no other could possibly ever pay.

    On Resurrection Sunday, when the stone was rolled away, the empty tomb was verified, prophecies were fulfilled and our Resurrected Savior Jesus was seen and heard, every Heartbeat had greater purpose and plans!

    I know this is short notice, but would your Church Family accommodate a short segment of time during this weekend’s Services, for Senator Mark Pody to address your attendees on Campus and your Web Viewers around the World, to call to arms the Prayer Warriors who will intercede to rescue and Resurrect the Heartbeat Bill in DEFENSE of those Precious Little Ones who cannot DEFEND themselves?

    I know Senator Mark Pody would be honored to have this urgent opportunity.

    In prayerful agreement,

    Matt Studd