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Tennessee Passes Bill Banning Abortion for Down Syndrome

What happened: In a legislative session that stretched past midnight, Tennessee legislators voted to pass a “fetal heartbeat bill” that bans abortions after six weeks and prohibits abortions if the doctor learns the abortion is tied to a Down syndrome diagnosis.

According to USA Today, the bill was largely believed to be abandoned during the current legislature session because of COVID-19.

Its last-minute passage was characterized as a bargaining chip to approve the new budget. The frontlines: Abortion is an emotional topic, and the news of Tennessee’s passage of this abortion bill is no different.

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