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Read about legislative bills that we are tracking through the Tennessee General Assembly that relate to life, including life in the womb and the life of those with terminal diseases.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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” … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading