On August 12 and 13, 2019, the Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee met to hear testimony
both for and against SB 1236, a “fetal heartbeat bill.”
Family Action Council of Tennessee’s President David Fowler offered testimony IN SUPPORT of SB 1236 on August 12, 2019. Fowler helped to rewrite the bill after the state House passed a different version that was constitutionally questionable.
Without a favorable recommendation of the rewritten version of Senate Bill 1236, it is highly unlikely that it, or any other heartbeat bill sponsored by any other senator, will be enacted in the 2020 legislative session.
The rewritten Senate version makes it clear that human life begins at conception, but provides for the prosecution of a physician for performing an abortion only after the detection of a pregnancy by means of a heartbeat or an HGC hormone level test.
Thanks to everyone who contacted the Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee to make a favorable recommendation in SUPPORT of the rewritten fetal heartbeat bill.