HB 0077, as known as the "Heartbeat Bill," has returned to the Tennessee state legislature.
The "Heartbeat Bill" prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable. It also requires fetal heartbeat testing prior to an abortion.
Rep. Micah VanHuss from the Tri-Cities and Sen. Mae Beavers introduced the controversial plan in 2017, but it never made it out of committee.
The bill drew controversy with pro-life groups who said it runs contrary to the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade, which established a right to abortion until the point of fetal viability or about 24 weeks after gestation.
“I want to protect life and I wasn’t not around for Roe V. Wade but I am now, so I aim to fix it because I want to protect life," VanHuss told 10News when he introduced the bill in 2017.
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