State at­tor­ney gen­eral ques­tions abor­tion-ban bill

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NASHVILLE | Ten­nessee’s at­tor­ney gen­eral is ques­tion­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of a bill ban­ning most abor­tions af­ter 20 weeks.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Her­bert H. Slatery III is the top law en­force­ment of­fi­cial in

Ten­nessee, a con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can state. He also is Repub­li­can Gov. Bill Haslam’s for­mer top le­gal ad­viser.

In an opin­ion filed last week, he called two parts of the bill spon­sored by two Repub­li­can state law­mak­ers “con­sti­tu­tion­ally sus­pect.”

One part of the bill would prohibit abor­tions at a ges­ta­tional age of 20 weeks, un­less a doc­tor deems abor­tion nec­es­sary to pre­serve the mother’s life or health. Mr. Slatery’s opin­ion says the U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the 9th Cir­cuit blocked a sim­i­lar law in Ari­zona.

The other would re­quire abor­tions

af­ter three months, but be­fore 20 weeks, to be per­formed in a state-li­censed hos­pi­tal by a li­censed physi­cian.

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