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Tennessee lawmaker tables abortion bill exceptions because rape and incest are ‘not verifiable’

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Tennessee state Rep. Sheila Butt (R) on Tuesday moved to table an amendment that would have exempted victims of rape and incest from new restrictions on access to abortion because she said that their claims were “not verifiable.”

While debating a bill that would require women to wait 48 hours and get counseling before having an abortion, state Rep. Craig. Fitzhugh (D) first offered an amendment to HB 977 that would allow doctors to exempt patients from the waiting period for mental health reasons.

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That amendment was immediately tabled by Butt.

“Putting this psychological harm bypass into the bill is really a loophole for the abortion industry,” she said. “It allows someone who is going to profit from abortion to get the waiting period waived.”

A second amendment put forth by Fitzhugh would have allowed women who become pregnant through rape or incest to be exempted from the 48 hour waiting period.

Butt, however, suggested that the victims could be lying about being raped.

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“This amendment appears political,” Butt asserted. “Because we understand in most instances, this is not verifiable. Let’s make sure that these women have the information and the understanding to act.”

Fitzhugh replied: “I just don’t think women take something like rape or incest lightly. And I can’t imagine any person would take advantage of that type of situation. Fortunately or unfortunately, it may not happen much. But it is certainly a condition that women need to be protected from, and that we should not give them a more burdensome process because their pregnancy is a result of one of these two actions.”

In the end, the House voted to table both of Fitzhugh’s amendments. The abortion bill passed 79 to 18. The Senate will need to approve it once more before it can be sent to Gov. Bill Haslam’s (R) desk. The governor was expected to sign it into law.

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Watch the video below, broadcast by the Tennessee Legislature on April 21, 2015.


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‘You never cover this’: Giuliani has fresh meltdown on Fox News over Biden’s ‘drug addict’ son

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President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, went on a conspiratorial rant on Sunday involving Joe Biden's son and billionaire George Soros.

During an appearance on FOX News Sunday, Biden tried to smear Hunter Biden as a corrupt "drug addict" was doing illegal business in the Ukraine.

According to the president's attorney, Biden tried to cover up his son's business dealings in a conspiracy that involves Soros.

Guest host John Roberts asked Giuliani if it was "appropriate" for him to try have to the Bidens investigated.

"This began with someone saying, this information can clear your client," Giuliani opined. "The corruption in Ukraine about the corruption in Ukraine between the Ukraine and the Democratic Party, the ambassador and the FBI agent who investigated."

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Trump says he would have ‘no problem’ with Giuliani testifying before Congress

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President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday that he would have "no problem" with his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, testifying before Congress.

The president made the remarks while speaking to reporters outside the White House. Trump was asked if he would have "any problem" with Giuliani testifying about talks with Ukraine's president about investigating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

"I would have no problem with Rudy is a very straight shooter and Rudy wants to see the same thing as a lot of other people with respect to Ukraine," Trump said. "Ukraine has had a tremendous corruption problem. Somehow they were involved in a lot of different things that look place in our country, and hopefully, it could be straightened out."

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Trump supporter flattened for pushing debunked Biden smear: This is what ‘happens in a banana republic’

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Appearing on MSNBC early Sunday morning, a supporter of Donald Trump attempted to push the debunked smear of Joe Biden and his son only to have a critic of the president explain to him that he should be outraged at Trump for once again seeking foreign interference in U.S. elections.

Running a clip of the former vice president firing back at Trump and telling reporters they need to ask the right questions, host Philip Mena asked Liberty Government Affairs founder Brian Darling what he thought of Biden pushing back.

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