Tennessee legislator files bill banning abortions once heartbeat detected

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) – A Tennessee state representative is sponsoring legislation that would prohibit abortions the second a heartbeat is detected in a fetus.

Rep. James Van Huss, R-Jonesborough, introduced GB0108 on Jan. 10 and it moved to the Health Subcommittee last Wednesday.

As introduced, the bill “requires fetal heartbeat testing prior to an abortion and prohibits abortions from the point a fetal heartbeat is detected except in certain medical emergencies.”

The bill does allow for exceptions. If an abortion is performed in the first three months or if the abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the mother, then an abortion may be performed.

This is the second time Van Huss has filed a “heartbeat bill.” Last year, a similar piece of legislation failed following legal opinion by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery. Slatery stated the bill was likely to be challenged in federal courts given similar bills have been blocked.

See the full bill summary here.

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