New Tennessee Abortion Law Will Not Require Patients to View or Listen to Ultrasounds - Articles

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Posted by: Jarod Word on Jan 8, 2019

The Tennessee law enacted this year regarding ultrasounds prior to abortions will not mandate that the patient view or listen to the ultrasound, but instead requires the physician to include a new disposition in the report indicating whether a heartbeat was detected and to provide the woman an opportunity to learn the results if requested, NPR reports. The bill began as a ban on abortions after the detection of a heartbeat, however, was amended because of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down abortion restrictions in Texas out of concern that the court would find Tennessee’s restrictions similarly unconstitutional. Bill sponsor Rep. Micah VanHuss (R-Jonesborough) told his colleagues that he still thought it would lead to fewer abortions, but Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville) questioned whether the new rules disregard the anguish of a woman considering abortion.