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In our blog, read about the political and cultural issues affecting Tennesseans written from a conservative perspective. Commentaries are typically written by David Fowler, an attorney who served in the Tennessee state Senate for 12 years before joining FACT as President.

Let the Rule of Law Life Act Replace the ‘Heartbeat’ Bill

Let the Rule of Law Life Act Replace the ‘Heartbeat’ Bill

Nov 15, 2019 by David Fowler

At the conclusion of two days of testimony in August before the Judiciary Committee of the Tennessee Senate on Senate Bill 1236, known as the “heartbeat bill,” I was asked by the committee’s vice chair, Senator Jon Lundberg, to rewo...
Pointing Fingers and Placing Blame on the ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Bill

Pointing Fingers and Placing Blame on the ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Bill

Apr 12, 2019 by David Fowler

I met with mixed emotions the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote late Tuesday to defer a vote on the pro-life “fetal heartbeat” bill until more testimony could be provided during a summer hearing, after which the bill could be taken ...
A Constitutionally Defensible Reason for Supporting the Pro-Life ‘Heartbeat’ Bill

A Constitutionally Defensible Reason for Supporting the Pro-Life ‘Heartbeat’ Bill

Apr 5, 2019 by David Fowler

What is going on in the legislature between the pro-life “fetal heartbeat bill” camp and the pro-life “trigger bill” camp makes no sense to a whole lot of ardent pro-life citizens. The bills seem to be caught up in some kind o...
Just How Pro-Life Are Tennessee’s Republican Legislators?

Just How Pro-Life Are Tennessee’s Republican Legislators?

Mar 29, 2019 by David Fowler

I’m not sure I know what happened Wednesday when pro-life Republican House members split their vote and killed the pro-life bill that would impose more stringent limitations on abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on abortion ar...
Is the Fetal Heartbeat Bill Viable?

Is the Fetal Heartbeat Bill Viable?

Mar 8, 2019 by David Fowler

The bill making it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion (except under limited circumstances) once a fetal heartbeat is detected is “Exhibit A” among the perils of lawmaking and constituent advocacy. I spent six years of my life as ...
Will Legislators Take a Consistent Approach to Abortion and Marriage?

Will Legislators Take a Consistent Approach to Abortion and Marriage?

Feb 15, 2019 by David Fowler

Three bills filed in the General Assembly—two on abortion and one on marriage—point out how hard it is to find a consistent principle by which to govern. Here’s what I think needs to be done. Two Approaches to Reversing Roe v. Wa...

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