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Use of State Family Planning Funding – Prioritizing Entities (SB 2494 / HB 2262)

Seeks to ensure that entities that promote or support elective abortions do not benefit directly or indirectly from state funding.

Bill Analysis

The intent of this legislation is similar to that of SB 2148/HB 2251, which is to eliminate family planning funds from going to entities that provide elective abortions such as Planned Parenthood. This bill would place into law the method implemented by the Haslam administration to prioritize entities receiving these funds with entities such as Planned Parenthood being awarded the funds only as a last resort if there is no other qualified entity to perform the required services.

Bill Sponsors

Johnson in the Senate
Dunn in the House

Bill Status

Signed by Governor 4/9/18, Public Chapter 660.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Information to be Provided Prior to Abortion (SB 2365 / HB 1746)

Requires that certain information regarding the physician who will perform an abortion be provided to the woman prior to an abortion.

Bill Analysis

Current law requires that a woman seeking an abortion must be provided with certain information and notice prior to the abortion being performed. This bill would require that notice to include information about the physician performing the abortion, such as:

  • The name of the physician;
  • Whether any disciplinary action has been taken against the physician;
  • Whether the physician has lost clinical privileges at an area hospital, and if so, the name of the hospital; and
  • Whether the physician has medical malpractice insurance.

Bill Sponsors

Crowe in the Senate
Hill, M. in the House

Bill Status

Passed by the House Health Committee. No action taken in the Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Use of State Family Planning Funding (SB 2148 / HB 2251)

Seeks to ensure that entities that promote or support elective abortions do not benefit directly or indirectly from state funding.

Bill Analysis

According to the Department of Finance and Administration almost $1 million in state funding over the last five years went to entities such as Planned Parenthood that perform elective abortions. The funding in question is in the form of family planning grants from the federal government. The federal rules do not exclude abortion providers from receiving the grants, therefore the bill directs the commissioner of F&A to submit a request for a waiver to exclude such entities in the distribution of those funds. While such waivers were not approved by the Obama administration, there is some hope that the Trump administration would take a different approach.

Bill Sponsors

Bell in the Senate
Matlock in the House

Bill Status

Signed by the Governor, Public Chapter 682.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Fetal Heartbeat Detection (SB 1961 / HB 1892)

Prohibits abortions from the point a fetal heartbeat is detected; requires fetal heartbeat testing prior to an abortion; creates exceptions.

Bill Analysis

This bill as drafted is virtually identical to the original language of SB 244/HB 108. However, as discussed above, SB 244 was amended in a House subcommittee because there was insufficient support to pass the bill as drafted. It would be expected that this bill will also not have the support for passage as written.

Bill Sponsors

Pody in the Senate
Van Huss in the House

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Assisted Suicide Bill (SB 1378 / HB 1394)

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

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill