Press Release from Tennessee Right to Life; April 2, 2012:
In a state where Courts have claimed that abortion facilities do not have to be licensed, members of Tennessee’s state House took steps today to create a safer climate for abortion-vulnerable women by requiring that physicians performing abortions must have hospital admitting privileges in the same community. In the event of complications following an abortion, a woman will be better assured of receiving post-abortion care from the physician responsible and knowledgeable of her specific condition and health history.
Pro-life physician Brent Boles spoke to the urgent need for such provisions in light of the state’s draconian pro-abortion policy under Planned Parenthood v. Sundquist and subsequent rulings claiming that laws requiring regulation and inspection of abortion facilities violate the supposed fundamental ‘right to abortion’ in the Tennessee Constitution.
“Currently, abortion facilities in Tennessee frequently do not provide any resource for patients to receive help or have questions answered after hours or on weekends. Patients are left to fend for themselves. They present to emergency rooms all over the state and they call GYN offices where the providers are not abortion providers and have no experience providing abortion services and they need help,” Boles said.
“Complications of any procedure are best managed by those providers with the most experience in the particular field,” said Boles. “Complications of abortion are best managed by abortion providers.”
Tennessee Right to Life urges pro-life Tennesseans to express appreciation to the 72 members of the state House who supported H.B. 3808, and especially to sponsor Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough.) The bill now moves to the Senate Judiciary Committee,S.B. 3323, where it is sponsored by longtime pro-life leader, Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mount Juliet.)
To view the full House of Representatives debate, visit http://tnga.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=196&clip_id=5264 and click on HB3808.