By Darrell Bouldin (Contact)
To be delivered to: The Tennessee State House, The Tennessee State Senate, and Governor Bill Haslam
SB632, sponsored by state Sen. Jim Tracy would require women to get an ultrasound before terminating a pregnancy, or have the fetus described to them by a doctor.
SB632 is simply another attempt by a conservative Tennessee lawmaker to interfere with the personal lives of women and place the state between women and their physicians.
SB632 is clearly unconstitutional under Tennessee’s right to privacy. Safe and legal access to reproductive health care services should not be subject to the whims of legislators or their political ambitions.
As State Representative Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville) said, "If Sen. Tracy is truly interested in preventing abortions, he should take the money that we will have to pay to defend this potentially unconstitutional law and put it toward preventative contraception, prenatal health care, and pre-K education... As a woman and a teacher, I wish my fellow legislators would focus less time on trying to play doctor, and more time on helping women gain access to quality health care, a good education, and higher-paying jobs."
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