A wide-ranging abortion restriction bill, once believed to be scrapped for the year, will now become law in Tennessee.
It passed the Senate 23-5 just after 12:30 a.m. Friday on a party-line vote.
In addition to banning abortions after the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is as early as six weeks, the legislation also prohibits the procedure:
If the doctor knows that the woman is seeking an abortion because of the child’s sex or race.
If the doctor knows the woman is seeking an abortion due to to a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
For juveniles in custody of the Department of Children’s Services, including removing the current option to petition a judge for permission.