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Anti-abortion group opposes Tennessee fetal heartbeat bill

March 6, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An anti-abortion group in Tennessee is opposing a bill that would ban most women from obtaining the procedure once a fetus’s heartbeat is detected.

Tennessee Right to Life announced Tuesday they are against the bill because it raises too many legal concerns and could weaken the state’s current abortion ban.

Specifically, the group argued the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has already promised to sue the state should the bill pass.

Furthermore, the bill would ban abortion once a heartbeat is detected — typically around six weeks. The group says this would replace existing abortion restrictions and leave the state with no “post-viable” abortion ban during a legal challenge.

Gov. Bill Lee, House Speaker Glen Casada and Senate Speaker Randy McNally all favor a so-called heartbeat ban.