Some accuse the bill’s main sponsor of only introducing the bill to help an election, but State Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, said he believes all women considering an abortion should experience the same medical process as other future parents.
“This decision she is going to make on whether to have an abortion is a life-altering decision,” Tracy said. “It’s a big decision, and this gives her the opportunity to be informed before she makes this life-altering decision.”
Opponents of the bill contend Tracy is only bringing it up because he’s challenging U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th District Republican primary next year.
DesJarlais has made headlines for allegedly pressuring a pregnant mistress to get an abortion after campaigning as staunchly pro-life.
But there are other questions as well. The waiting period aspect of the bill could also bring up constitutional questions because of a 2000 Tennessee Supreme Court ruling that struck down a waiting period for abortions.
Voters are supposed to go to the polls in November 2014 to decide whether or not to change that and Tracy said the issue is on his radar.
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