Abortion Restrictions Gain Momentum in Several States

Coming on the heels of voters approving a constitutional amendment stating that the right to an abortion is not guaranteed, Tennessee legislators already are moving forward with bills to further tighten the state’s laws on the procedure, reports the Chattanooga Free Press.

One bill being introduced by Republican Rep. Rick Womick would require a woman to receive and view an ultrasound of the fetus 24 to 72 hours before she plans to have an abortion, although she could decline.

With Republican gains in state legislatures after November’s elections, there could be a reversal in what has been a decline in the number of abortion restrictions.

In 2014, only 26 new restrictions on abortion were passed by state legislatures, which was 70 fewer than were passed in 2013, according to a new study released by the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute.