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Bill authorizes prosecution for death of an embryo
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/24/12 | Tom Humphrey

Posted on 04/24/2012 9:44:43 AM PDT by SmithL

NASHVILLE — The Senate approved and sent to Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday legislation that allows criminal prosecution for causing the death of "a human embryo or fetus at any stage of gestation in utero."

The bill (HB3517) marks the second change in two years to a law that since 1989 had it a crime to cause the death of a "viable fetus." That was changed last year to eliminate the word "viable."

Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, the sponsor, said legislators have since learned that, under the scientific definition of a fetus, the term only applies when eight weeks or more has passed since conception. Adding "embryo" covers from the moment of conception.

The bill passed the Senate 30-2. The House has approved 80-18 last week.

All votes against the bill came from Democrats, some of whom contended in floor debate that "embryo" is too broad.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: abortion; embryo; moralabsolutes; prolife; righttolife

1 posted on 04/24/2012 9:44:49 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

any comment from planned parenthood?

2 posted on 04/24/2012 11:32:24 AM PDT by 4buttons
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