TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Dec 24, 2014

A proposed Tennessee abortion regulation is similar to a North Carolina law deemed unconstitutional by a federal appeals court this week, the Tennessean reports. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in part Monday that North Carolina could not require a doctor to describe the images of an ultrasound because it would violate First Amendment rights to free speech, according to the 37-page opinion. Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale, who introduced Tennessee’s ultrasound bill, said yesterday the opinion in no way changes his desire to see his bill become law in Tennessee. He also noted the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled a similar proposal in Texas was constitutional, arguing a final decision could be needed from the U.S. Supreme Court.