Mar 18, 2022 - Politics

Senate leadership resists new abortion bill

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally.
Lt. Gov. Randy McNally. Photo: Brianna Paciorka/Knoxville News Sentinel/USA Today Network

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally said he doesn't support a new effort to create a sweeping abortion ban in Tennessee and would instead prefer to let the legal battle over the state's existing abortion restrictions continue.

State of play: Tennessee passed a law in 2020 that banned abortions after a fetal heartbeat could be detected, which can be as early as six weeks.

  • That provision, as well as other restrictions included in the law, was halted while a federal lawsuit is underway.

Driving the news: McNally (R-Oak Ridge) told reporters the new legislation, which advanced in the House this week, would "complicate the case we already have that's moving up to the Supreme Court."

  • The new bill, modeled off the controversial Texas law, would ban most abortions in Tennessee and allow civilians to sue abortion providers.
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