(NASHVILLE) – State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) and Senator Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) made the following statement in regards to inaccurate reports on Senate Bill 1153/House Bill 1406 which they are sponsoring in the Tennessee General Assembly.
Rep. Weaver said, “Over the weekend, various news reports were published which contained extremely inaccurate interpretations regarding the effect of Senate Bill 1153/House Bill 1406. This legislation would repeal a law that covers the birth of children to a husband and wife by means of artificial insemination.”
“These reports upset the many husbands and wives who struggle with fertility by reporting that repealing the law would ‘label the child as illegitimate despite the couple being married and both consenting. This is false.”
“Under this legislation, Tennessee law would continue to provide that a child born to a married woman will be considered the child of her husband. By repealing the law, and relying on other Tennessee statutes that remain, the state will no longer intrude into how a woman conceives her child.”
Senator Joey Hensley, the sponsor of the bill in the Senate and a physician, added, “Reports by some that the bill would make children conceived by artificial insemination illegitimate are absolutely and unequivocally wrong. Repealing this section will have no effect on that at all.”