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Tennessee gov. signs bill restricting abortion after 20 weeks despite AG criticism


Tennessee gov. signs bill restricting abortion after 20 weeks despite AG criticism
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Abortion in Tennessee after the 20th week of pregnancy just became very difficult to legally justify, as a GOP-backed bill has been signed by a Republican governor. But the attorney general, also a Republican, has called the law âconstitutionally suspect.âOn Friday, Governor Bill Haslam signed the “Tennessee Infants Protection Act,” a bill that prohibits physicians from performing abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy when a fetus is considered viable, able to survive outside the womb with or without medical assistance.The bill would require physicians to determine the viability of a fetus through tests and get a second opinion from an independent physician. Any physician that performed an abortion on a viable fetus after 20 weeks would be committing a state felony unless the abortion would prevent the mother’s death or cause “irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.

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