Tennessee ‘Human Life Protection Act’ (SB 1257)
This law was last updated on May 13, 2019
SB 1257 would trigger a statewide abortion ban if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
The bill would make it a Class C felony—punishable by up to 15 years in prison—to perform or attempt to perform an abortion.
The bill provides an affirmative defense to prosecution for any licensed physician who performs an abortion that was necessary to prevent the death of the pregnant person or to prevent serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant person.
The bill would also trigger an abortion ban in the state if an amendment to the United States Constitution is adopted that, in whole or in part, restores state authority to prohibit abortion.
The bill requires the state attorney general to notify the Tennessee Code Commission of the occurrence of either of the two triggering events and what the 30th day following such occurrence is, for purposes of identifying the effective date of the bill.
Companion bill to HB 1029.
2/7/19 – Introduced.
4/22/19 – Amended; passed the Senate in a 26-5 vote.
4/22/19 – Passed the House in a 69-24 vote.
5/10/19 – Signed into law by Republican Gov. Bill Lee.