Posted 3/21/23

Tennessee's House of Representatives Monday advanced legislation that would add a narrow exemption to the state's strict abortion ban, despite concerns raised by Democrats and medical experts.

The legislation was drastically reworked from its original version.

The legislation that advanced Monday allows doctors to use a “reasonable medical judgment” when determining if an abortion is necessary to prevent the death of a pregnant patient or to spare her from the irreversible, severe impairment of a major bodily function.

The bill must now go to the Senate before it can head to Governor Bill Lee's desk for his signature.