Pody wants to recall ‘Heartbeat Bill’ to Senate floor

State Sen. Mark Pody wants the Senate to overrule a decision by its Judiciary Committee to send an anti-abortion bill to be studied after the session has adjourned for the year. The Lebanon Republican wants the full chamber to vote on the measure seeking to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Pody has filed paperwork with the Senate clerk to hold a recall vote as soon as the next floor session on Wednesday. It would take 17 votes for the measure to get a floor vote as early as next week.

UPDATE: Pody didn’t make the motion during Wednesday’s floor session, but could do so at any time.

The House passed the so-called “Heartbeat Bill” earlier this session. But the Senate agreed with Tennessee Right to Life’s assessment that the measure was likely to lose in a court challenge and that a better approach would be to set a ban of most abortions in Tennessee that would “trigger” in the event the U.S. Supreme Court overturns all or part of Roe v. Wade.

A House subcommittee killed the trigger bill, while the heartbeat bill languished in the Senate. The impasse created the very real possibility that both bills might be defeated for the year. But the House reconsidered when Rep. Ron Gant (R-Rossville) last week made the motion to revive the trigger measure by pulling it directly to the full Health Committee. That recall required a majority of all eligible voting members in the committee (including the House speaker). In the case of the Health Health panel, the minimum threshold was 11 votes. The recall received 12, so it will be on this week’s calendar.

Pody’s version of the heartbeat bill was sent to summer study on a 5-3 vote, with Senate Speaker Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) voicing strong support for the move.

9 Responses to Pody wants to recall ‘Heartbeat Bill’ to Senate floor

  • David Collins says:

    Pody’s an idiot.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    You’re an idiot. Pody uses the rules and procedures to get things done. Others use money and servitude

    • David Collins says:

      No, Mr. Lassiter, I am saying he’s an idiot because his bill would place all the other abortion legislation that’s been enacted in jeopardy. This is not my assessment, it is the opinion of the Tennessee Right to Life group. They are the ones trying to derail this bill because they and their attorneys, have researched the law and feel that his legislation has the definite potential to negate all they have accomplished so far. So, from a strategic standpoint, it would be “idiocy” to cost the cause everything they’ve done just to satisfy ones personal desire to legislate on the subject.

  • Christina Norris says:

    If Pody and the rest of the Republican Legislature and Governor were truly concerned about limiting abortions (they’ll still occur if illegal), they would enact measures to make birth control free and accessible, like Colorado has done.

    • MarLE says:

      The Colorado “birth control experiment” involves using IUD’s. They cite a savings of $70M over 8 years by placing IUDs in 44K women. But the $70M does not subtract any of the cost of paid medical staff with life-long benefits to oversee the 8 yrs of this project.

      Never do we get the total picture when stats are discussed because of the Variable they choose to leave out. AND we don’t get the future costs of any medical problems Allegedly caused by the IUD. Just wait til some class action lawyer gets interested in this.

    • Lenny says:

      I think some are truly pro-life, and I have no reason to believe that Pody isn’t. But, Bill Lee and other top Republicans are obviously using it as an issue to get elected.

  • Eddie White says:

    There is disagreement in the pro-life community on what bill should be passed in the legislature. However, having known Sen. Pody for several years, he is sincere in his belief in protecting the unborn.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Legislature in session and nothing else to print but this headline grabbing stuff. What about other issues? This site has become a waste of time for news. Good for gossip. Later

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