Tenn. Lawmakers Drop Ultrasound Bill, Focus on Ballot Measure Instead

March 8, 2013 — Tennessee Sen. Jim Tracy (R) and Rep. Rick Womick (R) announced on Wednesday that they will no longer pursue legislation (HB 984, SB 632) that would require abortion providers to perform an ultrasound and describe the image to the woman before an abortion, the AP/ Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

The lawmakers said they will instead focus on convincing voters to support a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state to implement a 48-hour waiting period before an abortion and mandate that all but first-trimester abortions be performed in a hospital. The amendment is set to appear on the 2014 ballot (AP/Chattanooga Times Free Press, 3/6).