Women in Tennessee
soon may have to get an ultrasound before an abortion, under a bill filed in the state legislature.
State Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, has filed a measure that would require women to undergo a “transabdominal ultrasound” and wait at least 24 hours before going forward with an abortion.
Tennessee does not now require women to have an ultrasound before an abortion, in part because the state constitution has its own privacy clause. That has limited lawmakers’ ability to place restrictions on women seeking to end a pregnancy.