As Good As It Gets In Tennessee (April 25, 2012)
Tennessee legislators are poised to pass the Life Defense Act. It created a storm of controversy earlier in the year. The bill requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
But originally it also required that the names of these doctors be available to the public. Opponents said that making the names of abortionists public would put them in fear of physical harm so, after some abortion proponents threatened the House sponsor with physical harm, he withdrew that provision in the bill.
While the bill still does some good, it also reminds us of something else very important. This law is about as strong a pro-life law as our legislators can pass because our state Supreme Court said there was a right to abortion in our state constitution. Until that ruling is overturned, laws like this will be about as good as it gets.
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Excerpt from the Life Defense Act of 2012:
(1) A physician may not perform an abortion unless the physician has
admitting privileges at a hospital licensed under title 68 that is located:
(A) In the county in which the abortion is performed; or
(B) In a county adjacent to the county in which the abortion is performed.”