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Vote Yes on the TN Infants Protection Act-HB 1189

TN Right to Life

The Tennessee Infants Protection Act (House Bill 1189 sponsored by Rep. Matthew Hill) seeks to:

  • Require viability assessment beginning at the 20th week of pregnancy to measure gestational age, weight, or other factors to determine viability of the unborn child;
  • Define viability in state law as "the state of fetal development when the unborn child is capable of sustained survival outside of the womb, with or without medical assistance;"
  • Establish presumption in state law that an unborn child of at least 24 weeks gestation (LMP) is viable and must be protected by law;
  • Recognize current U.S. Supreme Court doctrine to avoid an untimely legal challenge; and,
  • Mirror 2011 Ohio statute which is in effect and has never been challenged.

The House Finance Ways & Means Subcommittee passed the bill on a voice vote on 04/19/2017.

The bill is now scheduled in the full House Finance, Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday, April 25. Members of the committee include: Rep. Charles Sargent, Chair, Rep. Kevin Brooks, Vice-Chair, and Representatives David Byrd,  Karen Camper, Mike Carter, Jim Coley, John Crawford, John DeBerry, Jr., Craig Fitzhugh, Brenda Gilmore, David Hawk, Patsy Hazlewood, Gary Hicks, Matthew Hill, Curtis Johnson, Harold Love, Jr., Susan Lynn, Gerald McCormick, Steve McDaniel, Larry Miller, Art Swann, Ryan Williams, and Tim Wirgau.

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Vote Yes on the TN Infants Protection Act-HB 1189

TN Right to Life

The Tennessee Infants Protection Act (House Bill 1189 sponsored by Rep. Matthew Hill) seeks to:

  • Require viability assessment beginning at the 20th week of pregnancy to measure gestational age, weight, or other factors to determine viability of the unborn child;
  • Define viability in state law as "the state of fetal development when the unborn child is capable of sustained survival outside of the womb, with or without medical assistance;"
  • Establish presumption in state law that an unborn child of at least 24 weeks gestation (LMP) is viable and must be protected by law;
  • Recognize current U.S. Supreme Court doctrine to avoid an untimely legal challenge; and,
  • Mirror 2011 Ohio statute which is in effect and has never been challenged.

The House Finance Ways & Means Subcommittee passed the bill on a voice vote on 04/19/2017.

The bill is now scheduled in the full House Finance, Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday, April 25. Members of the committee include: Rep. Charles Sargent, Chair, Rep. Kevin Brooks, Vice-Chair, and Representatives David Byrd,  Karen Camper, Mike Carter, Jim Coley, John Crawford, John DeBerry, Jr., Craig Fitzhugh, Brenda Gilmore, David Hawk, Patsy Hazlewood, Gary Hicks, Matthew Hill, Curtis Johnson, Harold Love, Jr., Susan Lynn, Gerald McCormick, Steve McDaniel, Larry Miller, Art Swann, Ryan Williams, and Tim Wirgau.