Sponsor withdraws Tennessee abortion ultrasound bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that originally sought to require ultrasound images be shown or described to women seeking abortions in Tennessee has been withdrawn for the year.

The House Health Subcommittee was poised Tuesday to send Rep. Rick Womick’s bill to study committee after the Legislature adjourns for the year. But the Murfreesboro Republican instead persuaded the panel to reschedule the bill for the subcommittee’s first meeting of 2016.

Womick had proposed an amendment to give the patient the option to view the ultrasound before undergoing the procedure. Several committee members expressed concern about a 24-hour waiting period that could conflict with other legislation seeking to establish a 48-hour waiting period for abortions.

Changes in Tennessee’s abortion laws were made possible by a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November.