Harming an embryo might soon be a criminal offense in Tennessee:
Tennessee has long had a law that allowed prosecutors to charge someone for harming a “viable fetus” — defined as about the 32nd week after conception — when someone kills or assaults a pregnant woman. Last year, lawmakers expanded that definition to apply to any fetus.
Now, they’re looking to criminalize harm to embryos, the cells that are formed before a fetus develops eight weeks after conception. Proponents of the bill say it would clarify last year’s expanded fetal harm bill, but critics say it will be difficult to prosecute because some pregnancies end naturally at that stage.
Don’t hurt that embryo — unless it develops into a baby and is birthed into the world. Then it’s on its own. No healthcare, no social safety net. Nothing.