Friday, June 30, 2017

Beginning July 1, 2017, It will be Harder to Kill a Child in Tennessee.

You heard right.  In what has been referred to as one of the strongest pro-life bills in the country, Tennessee’s new bill that details the steps needed to kill a human child takes effect on Saturday, July 1, 2017

Senate Bill 1180 was signed on May 11, 2017 by Gov. Bill Haslam.  

You can read the bill here

Doubt me?  

Here are a couple of definitions per SB 1180.

"Abortion" means the use of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance or device with intent to terminate the pregnancy of a woman known to be pregnant with intent other than to increase the probability of a live birth, to preserve the life or health of the child after live birth, or to remove a dead fetus. 

"Pregnant" means the human female reproductive condition, of having a living unborn child within her body throughout the entire embryonic and fetal stages of the unborn child from fertilization to full gestation and childbirth. 

"Unborn child" means an individual living member of the species, homo sapiens, throughout the entire embryonic and fetal stages of the unborn child from fertilization to full gestation and childbirth. 

"Viable" and "viability" mean that stage of fetal development when the unborn child is capable of sustained survival outside of the womb, with or without medical assistance.

So according to SB 1180, an unborn child refers to a living member of the homo sapiens species ~human~ from beginning ~fertilization~ to birth.  

That would be a human child.  So the question remains.  Is a human child a person or property?  Does the answer to that question depend on the location of the child?  Does it depend on the skin pigmentation of the child?  Does it depend on the gender of the child?  Does it depend on the health of the child?

The new law states that “No person shall purposely perform or induce, or attempt to perform or induce, an abortion upon a pregnant woman when the unborn child is viable.”  What follows in the bill are details of how one deems whether the unborn child is viable.    A doctor must assess viability starting at 20 weeks and if the baby is past 24 weeks, the child is protected from being killed.

What does this mean in plain English?  That it is perfectly legal to kill a human child in Tennessee as long as this human child is younger than 20 weeks of gestational age.  A doctor can decide to kill a child until he/she is 24 weeks if the doctor deems that the child is not viable.  After 24 weeks, it is illegal to kill the child unless the mother’s life is in danger ~and who gets to decide this?  The same doctor who is going to kill the child?~  Which makes the whole law null and void.  But, alas, that is an article for another time.

This bill is named The Tennessee Infants Protection Act.  It doesn’t sound like its very effective protection for babies before 20 weeks to me.  

How about you?

Anyone else find it ironic that this law goes into effect just a mere 4 days before our country celebrates it's independence?  

"WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness"

Without Life, there is no Liberty or Pursuit of Happiness.

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