A Tennessee lawmaker says his bill to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected does not include exceptions for situations involving incest or rape because he does not believe it’s appropriate.
Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss told a House subcommittee on Wednesday he considers killing any child, including a fetus, as “evil.” The panel, which was made up of all men, agreed to advance the bill to the full House Health Committee.
Tennessee is among several states considering heartbeat bills amid hopes from some abortion opponents nationwide that a conservative U.S. Supreme Court majority will review the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling and uphold stricter abortion prohibitions.
Anti-abortion groups believe their cause has been strengthened by President Donald Trump’s conservative appointments to the Supreme Court.
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