Tennessee Bill Giving Women Information on Abortion Risks Fails, Gets Study

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 18, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Tennessee Bill Giving Women Information on Abortion Risks Fails, Gets Study

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 18
, 2008

Nashville, TN (LifeNews.com) — A Tennessee Senate committee has rejected a bill that would provide women with information about abortion’s risks and alternatives and gives them 24 hours to reflect on it. The measure helps women obtain information on problems after abortions that abortion businesses don’t normally give them.

The Senate Judiciary Committee didn’t send the bill on to the full Senate for a vote and, instead, sent it to a summer study committee for more consideration.

The bill would have required abortion centers to give women the additional information and allow them a chance to review it for 24 hours before having the abortion. In other states, similar measures have been responsible for reducing the number of abortions.

Sen. Roy Herron, a Democrat who is the main sponsor of the legislation, told the Tennessean newspaper he’s upset the committee didn’t move the bill forward.

"What the committee did today was decide that women will continue not to get information they need to make informed decisions," he said. "As a result, more women will choose abortion than would otherwise — and that’s tragic."

Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Mae Beavers told the newspaper the Senate punted on the bill because a House version hasn’t moved anywhere and an informed consent measure will not likely be passed this year.

The Tennessee Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would allow state family planning funds to be diverted away from Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Pro-life advocates are pressing for the bill to make it so taxpayers aren’t forced to fund the abortion business.

Related web sites:
Tennessee Right to Life – https://www.tnrtl.org