Haslam Mulling Embryo Legislation

AP

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says he's reviewing legislation that would make the embryo of a woman who is assaulted a victim.

The measure passed the Senate 28-2 on Monday evening and the companion bill was approved 80-18 in the House last week.

Under current law, the fetus is included as a human being. The legislation includes an embryo or fetus.

Sponsors say the measure is necessary to punish a person for two counts of homicide or two counts of assault.

Haslam told reporters on Tuesday that he's not sure what his decision will be, but he says the legislation seems to be an "extension or clarification" of a measure passed last year.

He also noted the overwhelming bipartisan support for the legislation.

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