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NASHVILLE (WATE) - Lawmakers in Nashville are considering a bill that would put new restrictions on a woman seeking an abortion.
The proposed bill would require a woman to view an ultrasound and wait 24 hours before having an abortion.
It would also require the ultrasound technician to make the fetal heartbeat audible. If a woman declines to view the sonogram, the results would be verbally described to her.
The ultrasound would be waived in cases of medical emergency.
State Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville is sponsoring the measure.
Staff at Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health see women from Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia coming in for abortions.
"A majority of those women have one to two children. These are not naive young women who don't know what they are getting into," explained clinic co-director Corinne Rovetti. She believes the proposed law is a violation of women's privacy.
"This is a bill whose only purpose is to shame and belittle women. To make women feel as if they don't know they're pregnant and therefore the law tells them they must have an ultrasound," Rovetti said.
While pro-choice groups see the proposed law as a form of harassment, local pro-life organizations say it's about giving a woman as much information as possible on the decision being made.
"The more knowledge you have, the more you know about who the baby is, you know it's a heartbeat, that it's a real baby and not a blob of tissue," explained Fletcher Armstrong, with the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.
Fletcher believes the information would change minds.
"When abortion minded women see ultrasounds, many of them will choose life," he said.
Rovetti says the women coming into her clinic already know what they want. The proposed law would just make the process a whole lot tougher on them.
"These bills are about obstacles and barriers. It's about making it difficult to get abortions for women. It doesn't deter women from making the decision they know is right for them," she said.
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