East Tennesseans’ faith comes to life

People throughout Diocese of Knoxville demonstrate their support for the sanctity of life By Bill Brewer The 2021 National March for Life in Washington, D.C., may have been canceled, but that didn’t stop East Tennessee pro-life supporters from marking the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision …

Rep. Dunn receives Tennessee Right to Life award

Veteran legislator, longtime Holy Ghost Parish member honored for his service to the state and pro-life movement By Bill Brewer Rep. Bill Dunn, a state legislator whose 26 years in the House helped swing Tennessee from a pro-abortion General Assembly to one that has become decidedly pro-life, received the 2020 …

D.C., Knox Marches for Life attract big numbers

Pro-life supporters turn out en masse to voice their positions on the sanctity of life, backing for life legislation By Bill Brewer Marches for Life in Washington, D.C., and Knoxville attracted near-record numbers of supporters this year as pro-life advocates make their voices heard in an important election year. As …

Celebrating life in all its ages, stages, and conditions

Tennessee Right to Life recognizes women who have overcome obstacles to live their very best lives By Bill Brewer Life, in all its ages, stages, and conditions was praised on Oct. 15 when some 350 pro-life supporters gathered for the Celebrate Life Banquet sponsored by the Knox County chapter of …

State bishops back Human Life Protection Act

But legislators pass ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban despite misgivings expressed by bishops, Tennessee Right to Life By Dan McWilliams The state House of Representatives passed a “heartbeat” abortion ban March 7 despite the concerns expressed by the Tennessee state bishops and Tennessee Right to Life that it would not pass legal …

Knoxville March for Life attracts 1,000 pro-life supporters

Some 1,000 pro-life supporters, including many East Tennessee Catholics, joined together Jan. 27 at the Knoxville Convention Center for the 46th annual March for Life, which was organized by the Knox County chapter of Tennessee Right to Life (TRL). Marchers, who filled the Convention Center’s 460-seat lecture hall and ground-floor …

Indie couple gets ‘Gosnell’ movie made against all odds

Hollywood balks at getting behind pro-life project, producer tells Tennessee Right to Life supporters By Bill Brewer Hollywood is always quick to embrace a true-life drama rich in pathos, conflict, interesting characters, and suspense … or so it would seem. But when Irish journalists/producers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer were …

Supreme Court upholds pro-life Amendment 1

U.S. high court refuses to hear pro-abortion challenge of 2014 vote to amend state Constitution By Bill Brewer The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear a legal challenge to Tennessee’s constitutional amendment eliminating the right to an abortion. Pro-life supporters across the state cheered the Oct. 1 decision, …

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals hears Yes on 1 challenge

Lawyers for state of Tennessee, plaintiffs debate before federal panel legality of 2014 constitutional amendment vote By Will Brewer After three years in legal limbo, advocates of Tennessee’s pro-life Amendment 1 finally got their day in court on Aug. 2. Amendment 1 amends the state’s constitution to say that there …

Pro-life supporters guide March for Life down a new path

Knoxville-area pro-life supporters who have spent years walking down Kingston Pike from Calvary Baptist Church to a now-closed abortion clinic on Concord Street received new marching orders Jan. 25. Nearly 400 people accepted an invitation from the Knoxville chapter of Tennessee Right to Life to march from the Tennessee Amphitheater …

Tennesseans vote yes on 1 as constitutional amendment passes

East Tennessee Catholic faithful instrumental in passage of pro-life measure as state’s churches get out the vote In a constitutional battle watched closely by pro-life and pro-abortion groups around the country, Tennessee voters approved Amendment 1 on Election Day, Nov. 4, giving state legislators the ability to better regulate facilities …

Support grows for Amendment 1 proposal as Nov. 4 election nears

Bishop Stika joined by Bishop Choby, Bishop Steib in urging Catholics to vote for state constitutional measure As the Nov. 4 election draws near and with early voting beginning Oct. 15, the dioceses of Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis are reinforcing their support for Amendment 1 to the state constitution. Tennessee …