‘Heartbeat bill’ sent to summer study

Senate Speaker Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge), center, attends an economic development announcement in Nashville. At left is Gov. Bill Lee and on the right is House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin). (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal).

The Senate Judiciary Committee has decided to punt on a bill seeking to ban abortions in Tennessee once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The House passed the measure in a floor vote, but the Senate decided not to proceed over concerns about a successful legal challenge.

Here’s what Senate Speaker Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) had to say after the committee action on Wednesday:

I fully support the deliberative approach the Judiciary Committee is taking on the Heartbeat Bill. As someone who believes life begins at conception, I support the bill philosophically. But constitutionally, as Tennessee Right to Life points out, the bill is flawed in its current form. Amendment One put the abortion industry on the ropes in Tennessee. We have done all we can to defund Planned Parenthood. We have put in place reasonable restrictions to help prevent abortion. Passing a constitutionally suspect bill now would give the courts an opportunity to erase the progress we have made. And a losing court fight would likely result in awarding taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood. Protection of the unborn is too important to risk taking a step backward. I appreciate the sponsor bringing this legislation. It deserves the best possible chance for success. But that chance can only be achieved by careful study.

25 Responses to ‘Heartbeat bill’ sent to summer study

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    Well I guess they can adjourn after dealing with the license plates…. oh… and the budget..

  • Christina Norris says:

    Another option for a big decrease in abortions is free birth control. How about a bill for that?

    • Ragnar Danneskjold says:

      Every kid in America knows about birth control and has access to birth control for free if they really want it. Having a child out of marriage is now the norm in big parts of America with little to no stigma and lots of potential benefit for the young woman. There is no certainty at all that free birth control impacts abortion rates.

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    When the time comes I hope it’s DOA and can’t be resuscitated.

  • Linda Bobo says:

    I want a list published as to who voted not to pass the heartbeat bill!! That way,I know who not to vote for in the next election!!

    • Earline Young says:

      Me Too, as well as why they voted that way!

    • Ragnar Danneskjold says:

      The Republicans were:Mike Bell (R-Riceville), Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga), Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol), John Stevens (R-Huntingdon). There was a Democrat (duh) but I don’t have their name handy.

      • Lenny says:

        They’re all Democrats who support Bingo. I bet the kids take lottery scholarship money, too. I will pray for them.

  • Christy Casey says:

    The problem is this: THERE IS A GOD… YOU will be Judged
    In the meantime what if your flesh &!blood was snuffed
    Out, your legacy murdered. If you can’t do the correct thing
    Get out of the people’s government

  • Dixie Lee McClellan says:

    They killed the bill.

  • Kimberly says:

    That heartbeat is the heartbeat of GOD…the blood of our precious innocent babies will be on your hands…pure and simple truth!!!

  • Susan E Gingrich says:

    When will we stop electing politicians claiming to be conservatives, but voting against the will of the majority of their constituents? They try to justify bad decisions, like the gas tax increase and inaction on this bill. They haven’t listened to us in the past, and they aren’t listening now. We need a genuine, conservative senator representing Loudon County, and I hope to have a choice in the next primary!

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Susan, we need so much more than simply “. . .a genuine, conservative senator representing Loudon County. . . for the reasons you so clearly lay out. Please don’t forget the Toadying Ten (Calfee, Carr, Crawford, Faison, Helton, Moon, Ramsey, Tillis, Travis, Wright) who voted against closing Republican primaries when an overwhelming majority of Republicans believe that’s exactly what needs to be done. We conservatives have to get better at turning establishment Republicans out of office if we ever want to make any political progress I’m afraid.

    • MarLE says:

      Yes…getting politicians to vote the will of the people is Very Important???? That’s going to be a lot of fun when the disgruntled, irresponsible, an riders-in-the-wagon become the Majority in this country.

  • Ginny Miles says:

    It’s not like we didn’t expect our Senator to fold. It was planned all along. Weak R’s and D’s need to be primaries!

  • Every minute you deliberate on man made laws, a baby is murdered!!!!!
    Go back to the Laws of GOD, and see how your argument stands!
    SHAME And DISGRACE!!!!!!!! STAND for GOD, STAND for our BABIES!!!!!
    Every minute…..how many more lives are lost because you couldn’t STAND?

  • Susan E Gingrich says:

    The Bible says that abortion is wrong. Not only do some of these senators deciding not to act on this bill claim to be conservatives, they also claim to be Christians!

  • Darrell Hess says:

    The political winds are swaying to the left here in Tennessee! Obvious by Governor we have and Senators and their noncommittal voting. God in Heaven is watching but we voters need be praying for our elections. Nashville and Memphis are already in line with Chicago and New York with their liberal views! Evil seeping from these cities is spreading to the conservative areas! TennCare is being abused illegals abound using EBT cards and politicians are working on what they can gain from office. No patriotism just greed.

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