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Tennessee fetal remains burial and cremation bill pass legislature


Women who receive a surgical abortion in Tennessee will be required to bury or cremate their fetal remains under a bill that passed the Tennessee legislature Wednesday morning.

The legislation, which passed the House 69-22 Monday and the Senate 27-6 on Wednesday, will head to Gov. Bill Lee for his signature. 

Lee, a conservative Republican, has touted his anti-abortion stance since his election. He signed into law one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws last year, although much of the law remains contested in court.

The burial and cremation bill is one of many abortion-related proposals this year. The bill advanced quickly in the legislature compared to other abortion-related measures, which gathered little interest from Republican leaders.

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