GOP sponsor withdraws abortion ultrasound bill in Tennessee

The sponsor of a bill seeking to require ultrasound information to be shared with pregnant women seeking an abortion in Tennessee has withdrawn the measure from consideration.
    
Republican Rep. Rick Womick of Murfreesboro on Tuesday decided to pull his bill amid legal questions from abortion rights supporters and opponents alike.
    
An earlier version of the legislation would have required doctors to show or describe ultrasound images to women seeking abortions. His latest version would have required doctors to hand over ultrasound images if it was requested by a patient.
    
Several lawmakers said they worried the bill could complicate the state’s legal defense of other new abortion restrictions, like mandatory wait periods and clinic licensing requirements.
    
Womick is retiring this year, but vowed to return to pursue the bill next year.

Related Articles

Louisville, KY to make bid for Amazon project Kentucky's biggest city says it is joining several other communities in a bid to land Amazon's planned second headquarters.
Small earthquake reported in Illinois, felt in 3 states The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a small earthquake in southeastern Illinois was felt across parts of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.
FEMA isn’t relying on trailers to house hurricane victims FEMA Administrator Brock Long says the number of storm-damaged homes exceeds the agency's supply of manufactured housing units.
Merriam-Webster adds 250 words to its dictionary Some of the words are fun, while others are political.