Tennessee state Senate passes bill to build monument for 'victims of abortion'

Tennessee state Senate passes bill to build monument for 'victims of abortion'
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The Republican-controlled Tennessee state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to build a monument for “victims of abortion” on Capitol grounds, WREG-TV reported

The proposal would privately raise money to build a memorial named “Tennessee Monument to Unborn Children, In Memory of the Victims of Abortion: Babies, Women, and Men.”

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The 23-3 vote on Monday sends the bill back to the state House, which has already passed the measure once before.

If approved, it will head to the desk of Gov. Bill Haslam (R) to be signed into law.

The monument would be placed on Capitol grounds in Nashville.

The Tennessee Star reported last month that the Capitol already has two monuments, one for victims of slavery and the other for victims of the Holocaust. 

“Both of these monuments that are already here recognize that atrocities occurred because human beings were treated as less than human,” state Rep. Bill Dunn (R) said in March. “In both cases, the vulnerable and defenseless were subjected to the will of the powerful.”

“The taking of the life of a baby in the womb is related to this brand of inhumanity,” Dunn added.