Womick Withdraws Abortion Bill

The sponsor of a bill requiring a woman to undergo a fetal ultrasound prior to an abortion in Tennessee withdrew the bill Tuesday after nearly half an hour of debate in a House subcommittee.

Rep. Rick Womick (R-Murfreesboro) took the bill off notice in the House health subcommittee and said he won’t bring it up again before the legislature adjourns in late April.

The bill would have required a woman seeking an abortion in Tennessee to undergo a fetal ultrasound and the ultrasound be displayed to her in real time, except in medical emergencies. If a heartbeat is audible, the volume would be required to be turned up enough for her to hear. She would be required to sign a document saying the abortion provider had complied with the law.

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