Proposed bill seeks to repeal law classifying babies as legitimate if born via artificial insemination

Proposed bill seeks to repeal law classifying babies as legitimate if born via artificial insemination

NASHVILLE, TN (WMC) - A proposed bill in the Tennessee General Assembly seeks to repeal a law that currently classifies babies born as a result of artificial insemination as legitimate children.

Representative Terry Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) proposed HB 1406, which is intended to repeal the current statute (TCA 68-3-306), which considers a child as legitimate if born through artificial insemination at the consent of the husband.

"A child born to a married woman as a result of artificial insemination, with consent of the married woman's husband, is deemed to be the legitimate child of the husband and wife." - (TCA 68-3-306)

The bill proposed by Weaver, with the Senate equivalent (SB 1153) proposed by Senator Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald), would repeal that statute.

Sen. Hensley said the bill repealed was deemed unconstitutional by the state Attorney General.

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