Two proposals with the preborn in mind

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

pregnant couplePro-lifers support the Tennessee Legislature's effort to change two laws that affect the preborn.

Will Brewer of Tennessee Right to Life says his group is backing the Prenatal Life and Liberty Act (H.B. 1252) as it makes its way through the committee process.

"Right now in Tennessee, if you kill a woman and her unborn child, you can be charged and convicted of double homicide," Brewer explains. "But you can only be sued civilly under our wrongful death statute for the woman and then for the unborn child if that unborn child is past the point of viability, which is about 20-24 weeks."

If passed, the proposal would allow civil lawsuits from the point of conception rather than viability in such a case. The measure would also ban certain wrongful birth lawsuits.

"This is when the doctor fails to disclose or fails to discover that there's a genetic abnormality like Down syndrome, and if the parents give birth to the child and find this out and they say, 'Well, we would have rather aborted this child than had it if we had known it had this type of condition,'" relays Brewer.

The bill is expected to be voted out of a House committee and sent the Senate floor next week.

Another bill (S.B. 0828) would require abortionists to either bury or cremate the remains of the babies they abort – a measure that is similar to an Indiana law that has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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