Tennessee Governor Lee announces legislation banning abortions if a heartbeat is detected
The bill would ban abortions once a heartbeat is detected. Lee was surrounded by lawmakers Thursday for the announcement.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday morning proposed what he calls “comprehensive pro-life legislation.”
It would build on the successes of other states while incorporating innovative approaches to improve existing legislation, he said. It would include provisions such as:
- Prohibit abortion in case of fetal heartbeat
- Require a mother to have an ultrasound before an abortion
- Prohibit an abortion when the doctor knows that the decision to request an abortion is motivated by race, sex or health or the diagnosis of disability of the unborn child.
A statement from the governor’s office said the new law would also include a “ladder” provision. It would be modeled after Missouri law, which has a less restrictive time frame at two-week gestational age intervals, as well as severance clauses for each rung on the scale.
Governor Lee said he believed the legislation would put Tennessee at the forefront of protecting life.
“No one is more vulnerable than the unborn child,” said Lee.
Lee was surrounded by lawmakers Thursday for the announcement.
Similar bills passed in other states, but ultimately failed in Tennessee.
State Representative Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville) and Representative Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville) weighed in on Governor Lee’s announcement on Thursday.
“We’re talking about women’s rights. If you think women are equal, women should have power over their own bodies, and if the government can tell women what to do with their bodies – it’s not equality. Johnson said mentioned.
“I think it should be a state matter. I don’t think it’s a problem in my district. I can’t wait to see the details of the bill,” Daniel said.
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