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

BILL SPONSORS

Hensley in the Senate, M. Hill in the House

BILL STATUS

Signed by Governor 5/11/17. Public Chapter 353.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill