What Does Tennessee’s Trigger Law Do?

With Roe v. Wade Overturned, Most Abortions Will Be Outlawed in Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — With Roe vs Wade overturned, the “Human Life Protection Act” has been triggered in Tennessee, outlawing most abortions.

The law prevents abortion at any point between fertilization and birth, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

The only exception is for situations in which abortion is necessary to prevent the serious injury or death of the pregnant woman.

“So, at the end of thirty days from today, then anybody who performs an abortion will be guilty of a Class C felony,” said Todd Gardenhire, Tennessee State Senator, District 10.

A class C felony carries a penalty of three to fifteen years in prison and a maximum fine of ten thousand dollars.

There are no penalties for the person receiving the abortion.

“It gives a doctor with the ability to decide the status of the woman’s life or being permanently dismembered in some way the ability to make a decision on the spot,” said Gardenhire.

In Georgia, overturning Roe likely means the Heartbeat Bill will go into effect, banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

“It sets the threshold of where we declare life, in Georgia, when there’s a detectable heartbeat. You know, we consider that human life, and you can’t abort after that,” said Mike Cameron, Georgia State Senator, District 1.

The eleventh circuit court will have to make a decision about the heartbeat bill before it becomes law.

If it does, Georgia would allow for abortions after a heartbeat is detected in cases of rape and incest.

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