The Tennessee House of Representatives passed an amended version of the controversial “fetal heartbeat bill” on Thursday, but the legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
The bill bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, but opponents have said that a heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks — which is often before some women know they are pregnant.
“We cannot continue to allow the slaughter of the unborn,” said bill sponsor Rep. Micah Van Huss said.
Memphis Democrat Representative London Lamar called the heartbeat bill “inhuman, irresponsible” and “no woman should have to carry a rapist’s baby.”
The bill also includes an amendment that would keep Tennessee’s current abortion law in place if the “heartbeat” measure would eventually be challenged in court.
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