Tennessee Governor Signs Pro-Life Bill Requiring Inspection of Abortion Facilities

State   Steven Ertelt   May 8, 2015   |   5:49PM    Nashville, TN

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed into law a pro-life bill HB 1368, to requiring licensure and inspection of abortion facilities.

Tennessee Right to Life strongly supports the legislation, which also requires licensing abortion clinics — a critical element of holding shady abortion clinics accountable that has closed abortion businesses in other states.

“Tennessee Right to Life is grateful to our public officials for fulfilling their commitment to the people of Tennessee and restoring this common sense health policy to protect the health and safety of women and girls,” stated Brian Harris, the organization’s president.

Harris said the bills come largely in response to voter passage of Amendment 1 last November which allows the people and elected officials more leeway in the regulation of abortion facilities in Tennessee.  Weaker abortion laws in Tennessee have contributed to large numbers of out-of-state women seeking to terminate pregnancies which, according to the Centers for Disease Control,  has resulted in Tennessee becoming an abortion destination in which of 1 of 4 abortions was sought by a woman or girl from another state.

“Those who profit from unregulated abortion in Tennessee are the losers today,” said Harris while “women, girls and families are empowered by the requirement that adequate and accurate information is provided to assure careful decisions to protect health and life in our state.”

House Bill 1368/Senate Bill 1280 by Rep. Susan Lynn would require abortion facilities to be licensed and inspected the same as ambulatory surgical centers in our state.

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. 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.

“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.”

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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.”

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