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Tennessee Passes Bill Banning Abortions Once Heartbeat is Detected

Tennessee is one step closer to banning abortions and having one of the strictest abortion laws in America.

House Lawmakers in Tennessee on Thursday passed a bill that will ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into the pregnancy.

“The unborn need us,” said Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss, sponsor of the proposal. “We are Tennesseans. If everyone does what’s wrong, we do what’s right.”

Thursday’s debate turned testy at times between Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Rep. London Lamar, 28, a newly elected Democrat, argued the issue was particularly personal for her because she was likely the only woman in the chamber who could still give birth.

“Most of all of you are men. A woman’s voice should not be decided by those who cannot have kids,” said Lamar, who had previously said she was deciding when to have children.

HB 77 now moves to the Senate. While the chamber is also controlled by Republicans, Senate Speaker Randy McNally said Thursday he doesn’t plan on moving as fast the House.

“I think we’re going to take a good look at the court cases that are out there and I think we’ll, towards the end of the session, make a decision on whether to take it up or not,” he said.

Republican Gov. Bill Lee says he will sign the bill if passed, and now it’s passed.

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