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Tennessee Bill Reporting Sexual Abuse of a Minor Seeking an Abortion (SB 487)

This law was last updated on Aug 29, 2019


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Tennessee

Number

SB 487

Status

Current

Proposed

Feb 4, 2019

Topics

Physicians Reporting Requirements, Reporting Requirements

Full Bill Text

www.capitol.tn.gov

SB 487 requires a physician to report the suspected sexual abuse of a minor seeking an abortion if the minor is 17 years old or younger.

Under current state law, a physician has reasonable cause to report the sexual abuse of a minor if the minor seeking the abortion is under 13 years of age. This bill provides that if the minor who presents for an abortion is at least 13 years of age but no more than 17 years of age, and the physician has reasonable cause that there is child sexual abuse, then the physician must report that suspected abuse.

This would only apply when a physician performs elective abortion services as a part of the physician’s practice.


Below is the original version of SB 487.

As introduced, SB 487 would require a physician to report the suspected sexual abuse of a minor if the minor seeking the abortion is under 18 years of age.

Under current state law, a physician has reasonable cause to report the sexual abuse of a minor if the minor seeking the abortion is under 13 years of age.

A physician who fails to comply would face civil penalties for each violation. A third or subsequent violation would be a Class A misdemeanor.


Related Legislation

Companion bill to HB 574.

Related to HB 78, which would increase the fines for failing to report.


Latest Action

2/4/19 – Introduced.

4/18/19 – Companion bill amended; passed the House in a 91-4 vote.

4/30/19 – Companion bill passed the Senate in a 29-0 vote. SB 487 was replaced by its companion.

5/21/19 – Signed into law by Republican Gov. Bill Lee.


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