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Tennessee bill to ban abortions after fetal heartbeat moves forward

Posted at 3:07 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 16:07:07-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Tennessee bill that would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat is moving forward after passing in committee Wednesday.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Van Huss, says a heartbeat is typically detectable at about six weeks into pregnancy.

Tennessee law currently prohibits abortion past "viability" unless to "prevent the death of the pregnant woman". A medical assessment is required at 20th week of pregnancy to determine if an unborn child is viable.

The bill now moves to the full public health committee.

If it passes the legislature, the bill is expected to face constitutional challenges.