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TN lawmaker speaks about proposal to require ultrasound before abortion

10:26 PM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
State Sen. Jim Tracy
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A Tennessee lawmaker is explaining his proposal that would require women to undergo ultrasounds before having an abortion.

Senator Jim Tracy's bill would require a trans-abdominal ultrasound. If the woman doesn't want to look at the images, a medical technician must describe everything in detail.

Bottom line, Tracy says he believes all women considering an abortion should experience the same medical process as those who are choosing to become parents.

"This decision she is going to make on whether to have an abortion is a life-altering decision. It's a big decision, and this gives her the opportunity to be informed before she makes this life-altering decision," he said.

Critics accuse Tracy of only introducing the bill to help an election. Tracy is challenging U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th District Republican primary next year.

DesJarlais has made headlines for allegedly pressuring a pregnant mistress to get an abortion.

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