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Fetal Heartbeat Bill Pushed Back a Week

House Bill 108, sponsored by Rep. Van Huss, which would make it illegal to abort a baby once a fetal heartbeat is detected through ultrasound, has been pushed back a week in the House Health Subcommittee after an amendment was not filed in a timely manner. This bill would change the viability of the fetus from the current 24-week gestational period set from the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision to the first trimester, between six and 12 weeks.The attorney general opined this week that parts of the bill would be “institutionally suspect” under current Supreme Court interpretations of the U.S. Constitution. The companion bill in the Senate is Senate Bill 244, sponsored by Sen. Beavers.

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Motion to Intervene in Knoxville Insemination Case Denied

This week, Judge Greg McMillan of Knoxville ruled that 52 state legislators would not be allowed to argue that a state statute referring to children born by insemination to a husband and wife should not be interpreted in a way that would substitute the word “spouse” for the word “husband.” The court said that interpreting the statute to treat children in a mother-mother family the same as a mother-father family was not a “policy” issue. Sadly, the attorney general of Tennessee believes that the judge should rewrite the statute, too.

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FACT Fights Against Judicial Overreach and for the Integrity of the Family

The Tennessean quoted FACT President David Fowler on Wednesday’s front page as saying, “We can never not be concerned with the integrity and strength of the family.”

The Tennessean article discusses the Insemination Statute Repeal, SB 1153/HB 1406. The bill repeals a statute that is being used by private litigants as a legal basis for arguing that it is now unconstitutional for the state to define motherhood and fatherhood in relation to biological considerations.

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TN Counselor Group Takes a Chill Pill

The American Counseling Association and its Tennessee counterpart had come unglued in recent weeks over state Sen. Jack Johnson’s bill that prohibited Tennessee’s licensing board from farming out its duty to develop rules governing professional counselors to a private organization. But on Wednesday Sen. Johnson announced that he would not pursue his bill and instead support a bill introduced by Sen. Mike Bell and Rep. Dan Howell that would prohibit any Tennessee licensing board from turning over their power to a private association. The Tennessee Counseling Association said the new bill was an “improvement” because it treated all groups the same.

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Human Rights Campaign Comes Unglued Over TN Bill

This week the Commerce Committee in the Tennessee Senate unanimously referred a bill to the full Senate that would prohibit rogue liberal mayors and cities from trying to impose on local businesses liberal personnel policies beyond what state law requires. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) said the bill was “a thinly veiled legislative assault on LGBTQ Tennesseans and their families” because “government agencies who choose to take action to protect LGBTQ people would be barred from doing so.”No, they are just barred from imposing any requirement on a business beyond what state law requires and subjecting business from a variety of unlawful and potentially contradictory requirements. It will be interesting to see if business groups are now afraid to protect their own business interests if HRC protests.

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