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Assisted Suicide Bill (SB 1378 / HB 1394)

BILL SUMMARY

Also known as the Assisted Suicide Bill, it allows for an adult suffering from a terminal disease to make a written request for life-ending medication.

BILL ANALYSIS

Raises a whole host of spiritual, legal, and ethical issues. If passed, this bill could have enormous impact as to Tennessee’s policy (as a state) on the intrinsic value of life.

BILL SPONSORS

Tate in the Senate, Wirgau in the House

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Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.

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Prohibits Abortions After Viability (SB 1180 / HB 1189)

BILL SUMMARY

Prohibits abortion of a viable fetus and requires testing to determine viability if a woman is at least 20 weeks pregnant.

BILL ANALYSIS

Similar to the 20-week abortion ban (see TN Senate Bill 766). Requiring a determination of viability is an attempt to improve the odds that the law would not be held unconstitutional under current U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

BILL SPONSORS

Hensley in the Senate, M. Hill in the House

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Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

Signed into law. Public Chapter number not assigned yet.

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Personhood at Fertilization (SB 743 / HB 895)

BILL SUMMARY

Declares that life begins at conception and all the rights of personhood attach at that point.

BILL ANALYSIS

This bill would not survive a constitutional challenge under existing Supreme Court precedent, as states can ban abortion after “viability” which, legally is considered to occur at 24 weeks.

BILL SPONSORS

Beavers in the Senate, Pody in the House

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Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.

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Fetal Heartbeat Bill (SB 244 / HB 108)

BILL SUMMARY

Also known as the Fetal Heartbeat Bill, it bans abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected.

BILL ANALYSIS

It is questionable whether this would survive a constitutional challenge under existing Supreme Court precedent, as states can ban abortion after “viability” which, legally, is considered to occur at 24 weeks.

Passage of the bill could result in a lawsuit that would reach the U.S. Supreme Court and provide a context in which Roe v. Wade could be overturned.

BILL SPONSORS

Beavers in the Senate, Van Huss in the House

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Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.

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20-Week Abortion Ban Bill (SB 766/ HB 101)

BILL SUMMARY

Prohibits abortion after 20 weeks with exceptions for the life and health of the mother.

BILL ANALYSIS

Sixteen states currently ban abortion after 20 weeks. It is questionable whether this would survive a constitutional challenge under existing U.S. Supreme Court precedent, as states can ban abortion after “viability” which, legally, is considered to occur at 24 weeks.

Passage of the bill could result in a lawsuit that would reach the U.S. Supreme Court and provide a context in which Roe v. Wade could be overturned.

BILL SPONSORS

Beavers in the Senate, Weaver in the House

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Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.