Tennessee Governor Phil Bredensen Gets Bill to Help Stop Forced Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 6, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredensen Gets Bill to Help Stop Forced Abortions

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 6
, 2010

Nashville, TN (LifeNews.com) — Tennessee Governor Phil Bredensen received a bill the state legislature gave final approval to that helps stop forced abortions. The Freedom from Coercion Act will require abortion facilities to prominently post non-coercion policies and impose penalties against facilities which do not comply.

Both the state House and Senate worked out the differences in two different versions of the bill, which requires the posting of signs.

The signs appearing at abortion centers would read: "It is against the law for anyone, regardless of the person’s relationship to you, to coerce you into having or to force you to have an abortion."

With studies showing as many as 60 percent of women who have had abortions saying they felt pressure from a husband or boyfriend, friends or family, or an employer to have an abortion, the signs could reaffirm a woman’s decision to not have one despite the pressure.

Abortion centers that don’t comply with the law would face a $2,500 fine for not posting the required signs.

"Tennessee is making strides toward protecting women and girls who are pressured into abortions they do not want," said Karen Brukardt, legislative lobbyist for Tennessee Right to Life.

She told LifeNews.com, "With this vote Tennessee’s legislators have shown their sensitivity and support for some of our state’s most vulnerable individuals, especially women at risk of abuse and violence if they don’t submit to unwanted abortions."

The chambers both voted on the Tennessee Freedom from Coercion Act (House Bill 3301/Senate Bill 3812) sponsored by pro-life Rep. Susan Lynn and pro-life Sen. Jack Johnson.

The Senate voted 28-2 for the bill and the House followed suit later Wednesday voting 87-8 for it.

Linda Norfleet of Hermitage was one of more than 100 pro-life people in the legislature for the vote and she told the Tennessean newspaper this bill is good for women.

"The measure … represents a huge step forward on behalf of the safety of young women and their personal decisions, as well as safety for the life of their unborn child," she said.

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

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