Tennessee Legislature Passes Abortion Ban After 6 Weeks
Tennessee’s legislature has passed a bill making it a Class C felony to perform or induce an abortion upon a pregnant woman “whose unborn child has a fetal heartbeat” or “on a pregnant woman at various stages of pregnancy, ranging from six weeks gestational age to 24 weeks gestational age”. Additionally, the bill makes it a Class C felony to perform or induce an abortion upon a pregnant woman “if the person knows the woman is seeking the abortion because of: (A) The sex of the unborn child; (B) The race of the unborn child; or (C) A prenatal diagnosis, test, or screening indicating Down syndrome”.
A Class C felony subjects the accused to between three and fifteen years in prison and a possible fine up to ten thousand dollars.
The bill specifically targets physicians carrying out the abortion, explicitly clarifying “that a pregnant woman upon whom an abortion is performed or induced… is not guilty of violating, or attempting to commit or conspiring to commit a violation of this amendment”.