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Tennessee House Pass Bill to Ban Abortion After Detection of Fetal Heartbeat

The Tennessee House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday that would ban abortion after a fetal heart mark was discovered, mimicking laws in other states that have been beaten by the courts and criticizing both advocates and opponents of abortion rights. The action, House Bill 77, would strictly limit the time window that a woman could seek abortion, because a fetal heart can be detected as early as six weeks in a pregnancy. It is before many women even realize that they are pregnant. The bill included in a category of anti-abortion measures called "heartbeat bills" will now be referred to the State Senate, where abortion rights groups have said they hope to track it. If it were sent by the Senate and signed in law, it would be one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. Timor after the vote in Tennessee, a similar bill passed in Georgia's House of Representatives that would fail abortions after a fat heartbeat has been discovered. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, has indicated that he will sign the law, House Bill 481, if it passes into the state senate. "I proudly support this legislation, which protects the rights of non-existent children at the heart," he said at the state house after the bill had passed in plenary with a vote of 93 to 73.

The Tennessee House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday that would ban abortion after a fetal heart mark was discovered, mimicking laws in other states that have been beaten by the courts and criticizing both advocates and opponents of abortion rights.

The action, House Bill 77, would strictly limit the time window that a woman could seek abortion, because a fetal heart can be detected as early as six weeks in a pregnancy. It is before many women even realize that they are pregnant.

The bill included in a category of anti-abortion measures called “heartbeat bills” will now be referred to the State Senate, where abortion rights groups have said they hope to track it. If it were sent by the Senate and signed in law, it would be one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

Timor after the vote in Tennessee, a similar bill passed in Georgia’s House of Representatives that would fail abortions after a fat heartbeat has been discovered. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, has indicated that he will sign the law, House Bill 481, if it passes into the state senate. “I proudly support this legislation, which protects the rights of non-existent children at the heart,” he said at the state house after the bill had passed in plenary with a vote of 93 to 73.

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