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Later this summer, Tennessee lawmakers will be trying again to find ways to tighten access to abortion in the state.

This comes amid a wave of anti-abortion laws enacted in statehouses across the country. But the goal in Tennessee is to come up with a new approach that would significantly reduce abortions — and could stand up in court.

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The Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill Monday night that would trigger a ban on abortions if the country’s highest court overturns Roe v. Wade.

The Human Life Protection Act (HB1029/SB1257) might be the only bill that restricts abortions that passes in this year’s legislative session.

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The so-called “fetal heartbeat bill” is likely to not move forward this year in the Tennessee legislature.

The Senate Judiciary Committee decided Tuesday evening to send the bill (SB1236/HB77) to summer study.

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The Tennessee General Assembly is getting to the do-or-die point for new legislation.

The end of committee meetings means lawmakers have to make important decisions regarding bills that could determine whether they’ll pass or they’ll fail. This also means, in some cases, it’s time for compromise. 

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The lower chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly has passed one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the country.

The so-called “Heartbeat Bill” was approved Thursday in the state's house of representatives on a party-line vote. But members of both parties still express concern about its legality. 

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Catholic bishops in Tennessee have come out against the so-called “Heartbeat Bill,” which would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected.

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Supporters of the so-called “heartbeat bill” broke out in applause after a state House committee approved the measure, but already both sides are anticipating the court fight ahead if the measure succeeds in passing the Tennessee General Assembly.

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A Tennessee House committee is expected to consider a bill Tuesday that would ban abortions once a heartbeat has been detected.

Abortion rights advocates fear the measure has more momentum than similar legislation introduced two years ago. That bill didn’t move forward after it was deemed “constitutionally suspect” by the state's attorney general. 

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A new bill filed in the Tennessee General Assembly would trigger a ban on abortions — but only if the country’s highest court overturns Roe v. Wade.

The proposal by Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, and Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, is one of many such measures making their way through state legislatures.

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Randy McNally is starting his third year as speaker of the Tennessee Senate.

He’s already weighed in on issues such as abortion, Nashville's Community Oversight Board and closing primaries in Tennessee. He says he wants to make sure that the bills that are passed are constitutional and good for the state.