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Thank You Senate Judiciary Committee For Passing the TN Infants Protection Act (SB 1180)

TN Right to Life

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Tennessee Infants Protection Act (Senate Bill 1180 sponsored by Sen. Joey Hensley, MD) 7 - 2 on Wednesday, April 19!  The bill will now be voted on by the full Senate.

The Pro-life bill 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.

Voting Pro-life (Yes on SB 1180) to protect viable unborn children in Tennessee were Senators Bell, Bowling, Kelsey, Lundberg, Overbey, Roberts & Stevens.  Voting No to not protect viable unborn children in Tennessee were Senators Harris and Kyle.

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Thank You Senate Judiciary Committee For Passing the TN Infants Protection Act (SB 1180)

TN Right to Life

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Tennessee Infants Protection Act (Senate Bill 1180 sponsored by Sen. Joey Hensley, MD) 7 - 2 on Wednesday, April 19!  The bill will now be voted on by the full Senate.

The Pro-life bill 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.

Voting Pro-life (Yes on SB 1180) to protect viable unborn children in Tennessee were Senators Bell, Bowling, Kelsey, Lundberg, Overbey, Roberts & Stevens.  Voting No to not protect viable unborn children in Tennessee were Senators Harris and Kyle.