A dangerous and controversial Tennessee abortion bill that would have posted online the names of abortion providers and potentially identifying information about women obtaining the procedure was stripped of those provisions after the sponsor accused opponents of the measure of spreading lies about the bill, slandering his reputation and inciting threats of violence against him.
Oh, the irony.
Critics of HB3808, known as the Life Defense Act of 2102, argued the law violated federal patient privacy protections and made both women and doctors targets of anti-choice radicals who have a history of threatening women and doctors, firebombing clinics and committing outright murder.
Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, told members of the Legislative Health and Human Service committee that he was taking those provisions out. The bill still moves forward, but only with its original provision that requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at area hospitals. Hill insisted his bill represented “the majority of Tennesseans-people who are supportive of a culture of life.” No word yet on if that culture includes embracing legislation that makes doctors and women targets of violence or potential felons.
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