Monday, May 11, 2015

First Abortion Restrictions in 15 Years in Tenn.

Following a new constitutional amendment passed by voters in November giving the state power to regulate abortion, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed HB 1368 / SB 1280 into law to require clinics performing more than 50 abortions annually to be licensed and regulated as "ambulatory surgical treatment centers."
“Those who profit from unregulated abortion in Tennessee are the losers today.”
-- Brian Harris, Tennessee Right to Life
For background, read Christians Defeat Abortionists in Tennessee Vote, and so Hillary Clinton Retorts: Abortionists Must Defeat Christianity

And read As Pro-life Laws Sweep America, Liberals Battle Back

. . . but also read this Gallup poll: Americans Want Abortion Laws Changed

-- From "Haslam signs new licensing rules for abortion clinics" by The Associated Press 5/8/15

The House approved the measure on an 81-17 vote, while the Senate passed its version 28-4.

Haslam has yet to sign a separate bill to require a 48-hour waiting period before an abortion but has indicated that he plans to.

The legislation came after voters in November approved a constitutional amendment giving state lawmakers more power to regulate abortions. The ballot measure overturned a 2000 Supreme Court ruling that had thrown out laws imposing similar restrictions.

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From "New Tennessee law requires stricter abortion clinic standards" by Andy Sher, Chattanooga Times Free Press 5/8/15

The law now requires all abortion providers, including physicians, that perform 50 or more abortions a year to be regulated as ambulatory surgical treatment centers. That subjects them to new building requirements, which critics say will lead to closure of some clinics that can't afford multimillion dollar tabs to come into compliance.

Proponents say it is needed for women's safety.

The bill was one of three measures abortion opponents pushed in the state Legislature this year. A second measure imposes a 48-hour waiting period on women seeking an abortion. The third requires a physician to describe in person to a woman the procedure and impacts to the fetus and potential impacts to the woman's health.

Haslam has said he would sign all three.

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From "Bill Haslam signs new abortion law" by Anita Wadhwani, The Tennessean 5/8/15

Tennessee lawmakers have in recent years also enacted a handful of abortion restrictions, including a requirement that physicians performing abortions have admitting privileges at local hospitals, which forced the closure in 2012 of a clinic in Knoxville that could not find a physician willing to provide abortions who also had admitting privileges.

But until voters approved Amendment 1 in November removing the right to an abortion from the state constitution, Tennessee lawmakers were limited in their ability to pass legislation by a 2000 state Supreme Court decision that concluded the state constitution provided stronger protections for abortion than the U.S. Constitution.

Tennessee is now one of 23 states that require centers performing abortions to meet the guidelines of ASTCs, which include requirements for the physical building and staffing that have forced closure of clinics in other states unable to comply.

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From "Haslam signs abortion bill" by Xavier Smith, Lebanon Democrat 5/9/15

Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law Friday an abortion bill sponsored by Rep. Susan Lynn, R- Mt. Juliet, which will stiffen the state’s abortion regulations.

Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, sponsored the bill in the Senate and said it would bring the state’s abortion regulations more in line with surrounding states.

Lynn said there are currently eight facilities advertising abortion procedures in the state, and half are not licensed or inspected by the state health department –including two in Nashville.

The law will take effect July 1.

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From "Tennessee Governor Signs Pro-Life Bill Requiring Inspection of Abortion Facilities" by Steven Ertelt, 5/8/15

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.

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.

“Our goal must be to have safeguards in place that are at least as strong as those of neighboring states,” said [Rep.] 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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Also read New York Times Admits 22-week Fetus is a Baby!