Tennessee House of Representatives passes controversial fetal heartbeat bill

The Tennessee House of Representatives passed a controversial bill Thursday that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, legislation that could become among the most restrictive in the nation.

Amid early confusion among Republicans about proposed amendments and criticism from Democrats, the 99-member House approved the measure on a 65-21 vote.

“Colleagues, we cannot continue to allow the slaughter of the unborn while we hope for better circumstances,” bill sponsor Micah Van Huss, R-Jonesborough, said from the House floor.

Still, the legislation could face obstacles on its way to final adoption. The Senate, where it could face more scrutiny, has yet to take it up.

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