GOP sponsor withdraws abortion ultrasound bill in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The sponsor of a bill seeking to require ultrasound information to be shared with pregnant women seeking an abortion in Tennessee has withdrawn the measure from consideration.

Republican Rep. Rick Womick of Murfreesboro on Tuesday decided to pull his bill amid legal questions from abortion rights supporters and opponents alike.

An earlier version of the legislation would have required doctors to show or describe ultrasound images to women seeking abortions. His latest version would have required doctors to hand over ultrasound images if it was requested by a patient.

Several lawmakers said they worried the bill could complicate the state’s legal defense of other new abortion restrictions, like mandatory wait periods and clinic licensing requirements.

Womick is retiring this year, but vowed to return to pursue the bill next year.