published Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Tennessee abortion bill loses two controversial provisions

NASHVILLE — An abortion bill in the General Assembly, which has garnered national attention and criticism, lost its two most controversial provisions today in a House committee.

One provision would have publicly identified doctors providing abortion services in Tennessee. Critics charged it could result in death or injury to doctors.

Another provision would have provided county-by-county breakdowns regarding the demographics of women who receive abortions. While the provision would not have identified anyone by name, critics contended in small, rural counties, information about ages, race and other personal information could nonetheless risk public exposure.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, asked for the changes and said he has been slandered as a “terrorist” and threatened due to charges made by the “patrons of the culture of death” for the provisions.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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