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Tennessee advances 'triggered' abortion ban

Posted: 10:51 PM, Apr 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-22 23:51:43-04
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that would effectively outlaw most abortions in Tennessee if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade is headed to the governor's desk.

State lawmakers in both the House and Senate overwhelmingly advanced the legislation on Monday, with just a handful of Democrats voting against.

Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) issued a statement following the bill's passage:

"I am grateful to see the Human Life Protection Act pass the Senate. This landmark, pro-life legislation will ensure every unborn life in Tennessee is protected the moment Roe v. Wade is overturned. With President Trump continuing to appoint conservative jurists and several active challenges moving through the courts, that day should not be far away. I appreciate the outstanding work Sen. Gresham and Rep. Lynn did to make this possible."

Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota have similar laws on the books triggering abortion bans in the event the nation's high court overturns the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Kentucky and Missouri are considering enacting such bills this year.

A so-called trigger ban that would take effect if the high court overturns Roe v. Wade includes exceptions only for medical emergencies and not for rape or incest. Doctors who violate the law would face a felony charge.