Pro-Life Victory as Tennessee General Assembly passed the Prenatal Life and Liberty Act in both the House and Senate - Protecting Unborn

LifeNews reports that on April 29, 2021, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the Prenatal Life and Liberty Act in both the House and Senate. This Tennessee pro-life bill provides protection and justice for pregnant women and their babies who are killed in violent crimes. It is on its way to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk. 

In short, the first part of this bill levels the criminal and civil elements for fetal homicide across the state law. The second part of this legislation would prohibit “wrongful birth” and “wrongful life” lawsuits.

The legislators voted to require the burial or cremation of unborn children, and expand the definition of wrongful death victim to include all unborn children.

“We continue to move the needle forward on recognizing unborn children as human beings with these types of bills,” said Stacy Dunn, President of Tennessee Right to Life. “Furthermore, discussion of these bills allowed for educational debate and powerful testimony on the dignity and humanity of unborn children,” said Dunn.

The bills’ sponsors: Senator Mike BellSenator Janice BowlingRepresentative Tim Rudd and Representative Jeremy Faison .

“These unborn children, many of them up to almost full term, deserve the same dignity as any other human being,” said state Rep. Tim Rudd, R-Murfreesboro, the lead sponsor of the bill.

State House Bill 1181 requires abortion facilities to bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies from surgical abortions and pay the costs. Mothers would be allowed to decide the location for final disposition and choose between burial and cremation. Exceptions would be allowed for criminal investigations and miscarriages.

Last year, state lawmakers passed a heartbeat law to protect unborn babies by banning almost all abortions in Tennessee. However, a federal court blocked the law.

Tennessee is the 12th state to enact such requirements.

Edited from Life News