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Local lawmakers host pro-life rally

Staff reports • Mar 13, 2019 at 4:59 PM

State Reps. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, and Micah Van Huss, R-Jonesborough, will host a pro-life rally at Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray on Saturday.

The event, which the sponsors said will include an appearance by Republican Gov. Bill Lee, begins at 10 a.m. The governor is also scheduled to be at the fairgrounds Friday to attend an agricultural dinner.

The rally comes on the heels of the state House of Representatives passing the so-called “Heartbeat Bill.” Van Huss was the lead sponsor of the measure, which would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into pregnancy.

The bill will now be heard in the state Senate.

“I was honored to sponsor this lifesaving legislation that will protect our future generations,” Van Huss said in a recent news release about the rally. “I will always fight to uphold our conservative Tennessee values, and I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday as we continue to build momentum and get this legislation to the governor’s desk for his signature.”

Hill said HB77 “strengthens Tennessee’s pro-life laws and safeguards our innocent children who must have a chance at life.” The lawmaker said he encourages his “Senate colleagues to stand with us and stand for life by swiftly passing this important legislation.”

Similar bills are also being considered in other states, including Mississippi, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio and South Carolina. Conservatives say they want to push an abortion case to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge the court’s 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has said it will sue the state if the bill becomes law. The ACLU argues that the ban violates Roe v. Wade.

Lee has said he will sign the bill if it gets to his desk.

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