A proposed Tennessee bill aims to label children born through artificial insemination illegitimate.
The bill, HB 1406, filed by Tennessee State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver, a Republican, seeks to repeal the current statute, WMC Action News 5 reported.
“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,” the statute reads.
The bill would repeal that statute, and classify the child as illegitimate, despite the couple being married and the husband giving consent.
Senator Joey Hensley, a Republican, has proposed the bill’s Senate equivalent.
Weaver was elected to the 40th district of the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2008, when she filled the vacant seat of Rep. Frank Buck.