Van Huss reintroduces 'Heartbeat bill' in Tennessee General Assembly

Blocked by Attorney General Herb Slatery last year, Rep. Micah Van Huss has reintroduced abortion-related legislation nicknamed the 'Heartbeat bill.' (WCYB Archive)

A Tennessee state representative is sponsoring legislation that would prohibit abortions the second a heartbeat is detected in a fetus.

Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-Jonesborough, introduced GB0108 on Jan. 10 and it moved to the Health Subcommittee last Wednesday, according to .

As introduced, the bill "requires fetal heartbeat testing prior to an abortion and prohibits abortions from the point a fetal heartbeat is detected except in certain medical emergencies."

The bill does allow for exceptions. If an abortion is performed in the first three months or if the abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the mother, then an abortion may be performed.

This is the second time Van Huss has filed a "heartbeat bill." Last year, a similar piece of legislation failed following legal opinion by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery. Slatery stated the bill was likely to be challenged in federal courts given similar bills have been blocked.

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