TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jan 2, 2015

Gov. Bill Haslam is urging legislators to step carefully when it comes to enacting new abortion laws, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. His comments came in response to questions about a bill pre-filed by Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale, for the 109th General Assembly. Womick's legislation would require that women seeking to terminate their pregnancies first undergo an ultrasound of the fetus or hear a physician's lecture. A somewhat similar North Carolina law was ruled unconstitutional last month by the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for violating doctors' First Amendment guarantees of free speech. "I think anything we do, we should pay attention to what's been ruled legal or not in other states," Haslam told the Times Free Press. "Let's not go charging up hills that other folks have charged up and have found were outside the law."