TN lawmakers pull abortion bills barring fetal tissue sale, requiring women to get ultrasound

Rep. Rick Womick, R-Murfreesboro

NASHVILLE - Republican lawmakers on Tuesday withdrew two abortion bills, one that sought to require a woman to have an ultrasound before she could undergo the procedure and the other barring the sale of tissue from aborted fetuses.

No explanations were given for taking the ultrasound bill, sponsored by Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale, and the fetal tissue bill, sponsored by Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-Gray, off notice.

Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life, said the organization wasn't backing either one and had swung its support to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's legislation to regulate abortion clinics, as well as tissue donations.

The pro-life group has said it supports legislation that isn't likely to spur a federal lawsuit.

Tennessee Planned Parenthood officials say their facilities do not engage in tissue donation for medical purposes.