Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — Despite already enforcing one of the strictest abortion restrictions in the US, Tennessee Republicans on Tuesday began pushing another anti-abortion measure strategically written to address federal court challenges. done.
The proposal is almost a direct copy of the law Currently enacted in TexasWhich not only prevents doctors from performing abortions before most people know they are pregnant, but also allows private citizens to file civil lawsuits against anyone who performs the procedure after six weeks into the pregnancy. Helps someone else get it.
The Tennessee version introduced Tuesday would ban all abortions, instead allowing a patient to have a six-week window. But similar to the Texas model, it would still make legal challenges difficult because the government would not be the enforcer.
“This bill is modeled directly after legislation passed in Texas last year. Abortion in Texas has fallen 60% since the passage of that bill,” said GOP Representative Rebecca Alexander, the law’s sponsor, to a House subcommittee. While addressing.
The proposed abortion ban excludes rape or incest, but those who have impregnated a patient “through an act of rape, sexual assault, or incest” will not be allowed to sue an abortion provider. However, every relative of a rapist can take civil action.
Democratic Rep. Bob Freeman said, “I guess you can’t understand what your bill does… It allows people who have no knowledge, no standing, to be called against any doctor.” Harm is not harmed for bringing the lawsuit, which they believe caused an abortion.” ,
Alexander replied, “I intend to bring a bill protecting the unborn life in this state.”
The House panel agreed to move the bill, but it would still have to clear the full House and Senate chambers before it could reach Gov. Bill Lee’s desk for his signature.
For decades, Republicans across America have sought to eliminate the constitutional right to abortion, which is protected under the US Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Yet the Texas law has been one of the rare toughening measures that continues to be enforced, even as it faces court challenges.
While at least seven states introduced bills copying Texas’s anti-abortion law earlier this year Idaho’s GOP-Controlled Statehouse Only A version has been sent to the state governor for approval.
In Tennessee, Gov. Lee had previously signed a sweeping anti-abortion ban limiting the procedure to the six-week mark. However, the 2019 law has never been enacted after several abortion providers filed suit against state and federal courts as the challenge makes its way through court.
Lee has been outspoken in his opposition to abortion, but has held off on giving his support behind the Texas-style law.
“We are currently in a position to have existing legislation that is being reviewed by the court and it is a very important process. My understanding is that we need to do that… We have a clear footprint on our strategy, Li told reporters earlier this month.