The Republican party claims to be the party of small government and they seek to disarm the government from the ability to interfere with the lives of their constituents. This does sound attractive on the surface, but the rhetoric never amounts to the actual reality. Republicans wish to be left alone to harm the economy and the environment, but they have never had a qualm about inserting themselves into the lives of women by attempting to legislate their reproductive systems.
A despicable Tennessee Republican state House Representative named Terry Lynn Weaver brought forth HB 1406 which would repeal current Tennessee law TCA 68-3-306 which says a child born using the process of artificial insemination is the “legitimate” child of the mother’s legal husband. For some reason Weaver wants the law changed and HB 1406 would repeal the “statute that deems a child born to a married woman as a result of artificial insemination, with consent of the married woman’s husband, to be the legitimate child of the husband and wife.”
Weaver must believe there is a cabal of women going out and getting artificially inseminated without telling their husbands, and then divorcing them to squeeze some money for child support. Weaver has not offered an explanation as to why they brought this legislative change to the Tennessee House floor, as there is not a reasonable or logical thought process involved.