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A Proposed Tennessee Bill in State Houses Proposes Any Child Produced by Artificial Insemination to be Illegitimate

Different Kinds of Families


Different Kinds of FamiliesWhat are these TN House and Senate bills really about? Let’s take a look more closely at artificial insemination (AI or IUI). AI is a relatively "low-tech" ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) that deposits washed sperm directly into the uterus, bypassing cervical mucus and depositing the sperm in closer proximity to the fallopian tubes, where fertilization occurs. Used to bypass hostile cervical mucus and to overcome sperm count and motility problems. See Dr. Sherbahn's article on IUI for more information.

INCIID believes in people to make personal and private decisions – to create all kinds of families, families with different kinds of needs, different cultures different children, special needs and disabilities. Building a family is a very personal decision and that privacy is a right guaranteed in the United States Constitution. Don’t let any official tell you differently. That’s a right about to be tested in Tennessee.

Tennessee’s current code 68-3-306 provides that children born through artificial insemination are legitimate children when husband and wife consent. "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." (TCA 68-3-306)

Tennessee’s Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) of the House (HB 1406) and Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) of the Senate (SB 1153) propose bills seeking to label and classify all children born through (IUI) artificial insemination as illegitimate children. ART techniques include, donor eggs, donor sperm, surrogacy, and any procedure involving in vitro fertilization (IVF). Senator Hensley’s version would repeal TCA 68-3-306 declaring children born through AI/IUI “illegitimate”. There is no reason not to expect this to cover all ART procedures as well using any donor process (donor eggs, donor sperm).

Saddling children with the label “illegitimate” is not only cruel, traumatizing and not in their best interests but could also affect services they are entitled to receive. Children are not yoyo’s or ping pong balls to be bounced about by would-be reproductive sheriffs or the courts. Children are the future. They should be cherished, loved and provided opportunities whether they have a mom and dad, two moms, two dads or a single parent. Children should NOT be used to discriminate.

I think those of you in Tennessee should ask what kind of nefarious agenda is afoot and do Weaver and Hensley represent the kind of world you want for your children?  What’s next “children that were adopted” or “immigrant children adopted internationally”. Could this be more about marriage equality and stripping rights of parents if they happen to be the same sex? These bills are a very bad news for citizens and residents of Tennessee. Call your representative and tell them vote NO on SB 1153 and HB 1406 Send Weaver and Hensley a note and let them hear what you think of their bills.

“The emphasis must be on the right to privacy and reproductive control.”
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster)

301 6th Avenue North
Suite 105 War Memorial
Nashville TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-2192

Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald)

District Address
855 Summertown Highway
Hohenwald, TN 38462

E-Mail Address

Nashville Address
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 309 War Memorial Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone (615) 741-3100


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