Tennessee House Passes Bill Allowing Women to See Ultrasound Of Their Baby Before Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 13, 2018   |   8:16PM   |   Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee House lawmakers passed a bill Monday to require that women be offered the chance to see their unborn baby’s image via ultrasound prior to having an abortion.

State House Bill 108 passed in a 74-20 vote after being amended, and now moves to the state Senate for consideration, the AP reports.

The bill would require abortion facilities to offer women the chance to see their unborn child’s image if an ultrasound is performed prior to an abortion. It also would require that the staff tell the woman if her unborn baby has a detectable heartbeat. An ultrasound is typically performed prior to every abortion.

The bill also would increase abortion reporting requirements to the state Department of Health, including information about how aborted babies’ bodies are disposed of and if the unborn baby’s heartbeat was detected prior to the abortion.

Providing basic information about unborn babies is vitally important. It can influence the life or death of an unborn child. Women often change their minds about abortion when they see their unborn child’s image on an ultrasound screen. One study found that 78 percent of women chose life after seeing their unborn baby’s image.

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Abortion businesses do not want women to see ultrasounds of their unborn babies because they might change their minds. Some women have said abortion clinics refused to let them see their unborn child’s ultrasound.

It is common practice in the abortion industry to perform an ultrasound prior to an abortion. A study by the University of North Carolina and the pro-abortion group