Tennessee House Panel Passes Pro-Life Bill to Inspect Abortion Businesses

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 1, 2015   |   5:44PM   |   Washington, DC

Abortion business across the country are known for failing to follow basic health and safety laws that provide for the protection of patients that legitimate medical centers routinely follow on a daily basis. That’s the gist of a new pro-life bill a Tennessee state House panel approved — holding abortion clinics accountable for their abuses.

In other states with similar pro-life laws, abortion clinics have shut down that are unable to follow these basic rules and requirements. That results in saving unborn children from abortions and protecting women’s lives and health.



Today, a proposal to require state licensure and inspection of abortion facilities in Tennessee has passed a key hurdle as members of the state House Health committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday in support of legislation sponsored by state Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mount Juliet.)

“This proposal fulfills a promise to Tennessee voters that we would restore common sense protections for women and girls considering abortion,” said Rep. Lynn.  “We have a duty and an obligation to ensure that health and safety standards are enforced consistently within facilities performing out-patient surgeries, including those performing abortions.”

Data from the Centers for Disease Control documents that 1 of 4 abortions performed in Tennessee is sought by a woman residing in another state, the 3rd highest out-of-state abortion rate in the nation.  Such numbers and lack of regulation have resulted in Tennessee becoming known as an abortion destination, something Lynn hopes to change.


“Our goal must be to have safeguards in place that are at least as strong as those of neighboring states,” said Lynn.  “I’m grateful for the support of my colleagues and Tennessee’s pro-life movement as we work to promote the protection of life and health in our state.”