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Tennessee’s two-day waiting period to get an abortion is on trial this week in Nashville's federal court, and abortion rights supporters say the stakes are much higher than when the law took effect four years ago.

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A two-day hearing on a bill that would essentially ban all abortions in Tennessee ended with high tensions and complaints about a lack of diversity in the witness list.

Out of 21 people who talked about the measure, only one was an African American woman.

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Hundreds of activists filled the state legislative building Monday, as lawmakers discussed a bill that would effectively ban all abortions.

The debate around the measure this week highlighted a split within the pro-life movement.

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Tennessee state senators are expected to consider a proposal that would ban abortions from the time a woman learns she is pregnant.

It arises from the discussion of the so-called "fetal heartbeat bill" that has divided state lawmakers. The idea of the new legislation is to challenge abortion rights by taking an even more restrictive approach.

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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.