House Health Committee Approves Abortion Bill

House Bill Requiring Inspection of Abortion Facilities Passes Health Committee

Nashville, April 01, 2015 --- A proposal to require state licensure and inspection of abortion facilities in Tennessee has passed a key hurdle as members of the state House Health committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday in support of legislation sponsored by state Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mount Juliet.) 

"This proposal fulfills a promise to Tennessee voters that we would restore common sense protections for women and girls considering abortion," said Rep. Lynn.  "We have a duty and an obligation to ensure that health and safety standards are enforced consistently within facilities performing out-patient surgeries, including those performing abortions."

Data from the Centers for Disease Control documents that 1 of 4 abortions performed in Tennessee is sought by a woman residing in another state, the 3rd highest out-of-state abortion rate in the nation.  Such numbers and lack of regulation have resulted in Tennessee becoming known as an abortion destination, something Lynn hopes to change.

"Our goal must be to have safeguards in place that are at least as strong as those of neighboring states," said 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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