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Tenn. pro-life bill scores breakthrough

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The pro-life cause in Tennessee has made a major advance after years of efforts.

The Health and Human Services Subcommittee of the Tennessee House of Representatives, on a 20-7 vote April 7, approved a bill to restore the regulation of abortion to the legislature. The Senate had passed the bill the eight previous years, only for it to die in the subcommittee. The measure seeks to overturn a 2000 opinion by the Tennessee Supreme Court that invalidated all state laws restricting abortion.

This year’s measure has gained passage in the Senate and is awaiting a floor vote in the House. If approved this year, the proposal must gain passage by a two-thirds majority in both chambers in 2011 before going to voters in 2014.
Compiled by Baptist Press Washington bureau chief Tom Strode.

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