ACLU-TN Statement on “Fetal Cardiac Activity Bill” Passing House
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee House today passed HB 77/SB 1236. As amended, this legislation would prohibit abortions in Tennessee after fetal cardiac activity is detected, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
The following can be attributed to Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN executive director:
“The House of Representative’s passage today of this dangerous, unconstitutional bill has simply moved Tennessee one step closer to a lawsuit. Tennessee politicians should be less concerned about interfering with a woman’s decisions regarding what is best for her health and her family and more concerned with providing her access to comprehensive health care. With our partners, we are working to stop this bill in the Senate. However, should it be signed into law, the ACLU of Tennessee and our client are prepared to file a lawsuit immediately.”
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