“Trigger” bill to restore protective abortion laws should Roe be overturned on its way to Tennessee governor

By Dave Andrusko

The Tennessee House and Senate have sent along a “trigger” bill to Gov. Gov. Bill Lee which would re-establish protective state abortion laws if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn all or part of Roe v. Wade.

Tennessee Right to Life “applauded final passage of the Human Life Protection Act” which will “enact the full restoration of Tennessee’s protective pre-Roe laws. The act restores the right of Tennesseans to decide these public policies on abortion for ourselves.”

“It has always been the priority of Tennessee’s pro-life movement to restore the fullest possible protection to the largest number of unborn children and women in our state,” said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. “While states like New York are moving to strip any limits to abortion–even at the moments before birth—Tennessee wants to be known for protecting our children.”

Harris added, “As states like New York seek to prepare for the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade, pro-life Tennesseans are working to ensure that our state is among the most protective for abortion vulnerable women, girls, and unborn children.”

The Human Life Protection Act overwhelmingly passed the Senate by a vote of 26-5 Monday night. The House followed suit, approving the legislation by a lopsided vote of 69 – 24.

According to the Tennessean, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas are also considering trigger laws this year.

“Six states currently have trigger laws,” reported Anita Wadhwani and Natalie Allison. “They include Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota, which have long had such laws in place. Kentucky and Arkansas passed their version of trigger laws this year. “

After the Senate’s vote, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally called the bill “landmark, pro-life legislation.”