The state of Tennessee will have a new law giving unborn children some of the greatest protection in the United States. Tennessee’s Senate overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill that prohibits abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
This is normally around six weeks gestation. The law also will prohibit abortions if the doctor knows a woman is seeking the procedure on the basis of the child’s sex or race, or if she doesn’t want to bring the pregnancy to term because the unborn child has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome.
Tennessee’s new law also will prohibit juveniles in custody of the Department of Children’s Services from having abortions, and remove the current option to petition a judge for permission.
The only possibility for an exception to the new rules is if a pregnant woman’s life is in danger, but not rape or incest.
Finally, the law requires abortion clinics to post a sign in the waiting room and in patient rooms indicating that it might be possible to reverse a chemical abortion. Clinics that fail to do this face a $10,000 fine.