Two Tennessee state lawmakers on Friday, Feb. 12, introduced a bill to allow fathers of unborn children to object if the mother would like to have an abortion, Breitbart reported.
Two Republicans, Mark Pody and Jerry Sexton introduced SBO494 in the Tennessee House to allow “a person to petition a court for an injunction to prohibit a woman who is pregnant with the person’s unborn child from obtaining an abortion.”
“In this case, we’re saying that we want that father who is just as much of a parent as that mother is, it took two of them to create this human being, and we believe that they should have that opportunity to raise that child,” said Pody.
The requirement established by SBO494 is that the father prove to the court that he is the biological father of the unborn child in order to make the claim. However, the measure will also allow the mother to present her arguments as to why she wishes to proceed with the abortion, as it is currently legal in the United States.
Upon presentation by the father, the court has 14 days to resolve the dispute.
Republican states strengthen their pro-life stance
Tennessee joins numerous Republican states that have begun pre-emptive measures to curb the pro-abortion agenda of the Joe Biden administration that promised to make abortion the “law of the land.”
Alabama recently introduced HB237 requiring hospitals or clinics where abortions are performed to provide the necessary lifesaving care to babies born alive after abortion. The legislation also seeks to criminally penalize those who fail to comply.
Kentucky passed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which will force doctors to provide care to the babies and Mississippi introduced a very similar bill for babies that are born alive to receive necessary care.
Arizona passed SB1457 banning eugenic abortions, those performed when a doctor diagnoses that the child will have, for example, Down syndrome. The law will also criminally penalize clinics that perform abortions under this argument.
Arkansas passed the Unborn Child Protection Act (SB6), which basically prohibits abortions unless the mother’s life is in danger.
Florida introduced a bill to ban abortions past 20 weeks.
Iowa introduced bill HSB41 to cut off state funding to abortion providers in the state, but for it to become law, Iowans will have to vote to amend the Constitution.
Montana has four bills headed to the state legislature, which combined would accomplish: banning abortion after 20 weeks, forcing clinics that perform abortions to care for babies born alive after abortion, women seeking abortions to receive the necessary information on the risks involved in the operation, and finally regulating the sale of abortion-inducing drugs and banning them outright in school settings.
South Carolina seeks to ban abortions after eight weeks, which is when the baby’s heartbeat can be detected.