KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (LifeSiteNews) — Former WWE wrestling star Glenn Jacobs, the mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, has again affirmed his whole-hearted support for the protection of the unborn.
“We must stand up for our most vulnerable. I am 100% pro-life and will always fight for our unborn,” Jacobs wrote in a July 6 tweet.
We must stand up for our most vulnerable. I am 100% pro-life and will always fight for our unborn.
— Glenn Jacobs (@GlennJacobsTN) July 6, 2023
Serving his second term as Knox County mayor, Jacobs has been known for taking a stance against abortion giant Planned Parenthood and celebrating the overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022. He is better known to wrestling fans by his WWE ring-name “Kane.”
During his first term as mayor, Jacobs stood up for the sanctity of life, saying, “Life is sacred — that’s why as Mayor of Knox County, I reject funding to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.”
Life is sacred – that’s why as Mayor of Knox County, I reject funding to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.
— Glenn Jacobs (@GlennJacobsTN) November 8, 2021
Last summer, he rejoiced that the Dobbs decision overturning Roe would allow Tennessee to enact stronger laws protecting life in the womb.
— Glenn Jacobs (@GlennJacobsTN) June 24, 2022
After the overturning of Roe v. Wade, abortion became illegal in Tennessee after a trigger ban enacted by the state in 2019 took effect on August 25, 2022, criminalizing abortion at all stages of pregnancy.
Committing an abortion in Tennessee is now a Class C felony carrying up to 15 years in prison under the law, with the exception when it is allegedly “necessary” to avoid the mother’s death or “serious risk” of permanent injury to a “major bodily function.”
A federal court had also allowed the state’s heartbeat ban to take effect in late June 2022. That law prohibits abortion as a Class C felony once a baby’s heartbeat can be detected and on the basis of race, sex, or a diagnosis of Down syndrome. It permits exceptions for medical emergencies that would “necessitate” an abortion “to avert the death of the pregnant woman” or prevent “substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, not including psychological or emotional conditions,” based on a physician’s “good faith medical judgment.”
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery had asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to lift an injunction on the heartbeat law. As a result of the law, all abortion facilities in Tennessee announced that they were shutting down.