Tennessee GOP Bill Allows Fathers To Block Abortions

Nashville’s NBC News affiliate reports:

Tennessee lawmakers have filed legislation which would allow fathers of an unborn child to petition the court if the mother of their child is planning an abortion. SB494/HB1079 is sponsored by Senator Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) and Representative Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) in their respective chambers.

An injunction stopping the woman from having an abortion would be issued if the father of the unborn child proves he his the biological father -although the bill states DNA evidence is not needed, and proves the woman will likely seek an abortion.

If a judge decides to issue an injunction, the woman would be unable to have an abortion and could face legal penalties.

Read the full article. Pody and Sexton previously appeared on JMG when they attempted to make the Christian bible the official state book of Tennessee. They’ve done so every year since 2015. The closest they came was in 2018 when the bill passed both chambers only to be vetoed by then-Gov. Bill Haslam. The pair also appeared here in 2018 and 2019 for their attempt to ban same-sex marriage in Tennessee.