Tuesday, Rep. Rudd (R-Murfreesboro) presented the Unborn Child Dignity Act (H.B. 1181) in the House Health Subcommittee. This bill would require that all fetal remains in Tennessee be buried or cremated.
When Rep. Rudd attempted to present an amendment for a committee vote, Chairman Bob Ramsey (R-Maryville) attempted to kill the amendment and, thus, the bill by claiming that the amendment failed on a voice vote. However, Rep. Robin Smith (R-Hixson) asked for a roll call vote. The vote was 6-4 in favor of the amendment.
The Subcommittee then heard testimony in support of HB 1181 from three woman from And Then There Were None who had previously worked in the abortion industry and who testified in graphic detail about the way that fetal remains were disposed of when they worked in the abortion industry. The testimony was gripping and riveted members of the Subcommittee.
After brief debate on the bill, HB 1181 passed onto the Full Health Committee on a 6-4 vote. Notably, Chairman Bob Ramsey and Speaker Pro Temp Pat Marsh voted against the bill.
Please thank Rep. Robin Smith, Rep. Bryan Terry, Rep. Mark Hall, Rep. Paul Sherrell, Rep. Clark Boyd and Rep. Sabi Kumar for their Yes votes.