Tennessee lawmakers tried to pass a "fetal heartbeat" bill earlier this year. It was passed in the House of Representatives, but ultimately failed in the Senate.
Heartbeat Bill Not Going Down Without a FightThe bill has since been amended, and it's now being evaluated in a special "study session." Over 20 medical and legal experts are gathering for two day meeting this Monday and Tuesday to provide testimony to support both sides of the issue.
Lots of InterestMany people gathered to hear the testimony on Monday. The legislative room was crowed with over 300 people that traveled from near and far. Some even traveled hundreds of miles to hear the debates.
Redefine Fetal ViabilitySenator Mark Pody now seeks to refine the definition of fetal viability.
The concept is currently commonly defined as the ability an unborn child has to survive for a prolonged period of time outside of the mother's body. Most professionals agree that this occurs sometime during the third trimester of pregnancy.
The senator now wants conception to define viability.