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Tennessee ‘Human Life Protection Act’ (HB 1029)

This law was last updated on Aug 29, 2019

This law is Anti–Choice




HB 1029


Signed into Law


Feb 6, 2019


Co-sponsors: 54
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 55


Fetal Homicide

Full Bill Text

HB 1029 would trigger an abortion ban in the state if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. 

The bill would make it a Class C felony—punishable by up to 15 years in prison—to perform or attempt to perform an abortion.

The bill provides an affirmative defense to prosecution for any licensed physician who performs an abortion that was necessary to prevent the death of the pregnant person or to prevent serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant person.

The bill would also trigger an abortion ban in the state if an amendment to the United States Constitution is adopted that, in whole or in part, restores state authority to prohibit abortion.

Related Legislation

Companion bill to SB 1257, which passed.

Latest Action

2/6/19 – Introduced.

4/22/19 – The bill was substituted by its companion—SB 1257—which passed.