Abortion anti-coercion bill headed to governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Legislation that would require abortion clinics in Tennessee to post anti-coercion signs is headed to the governor for his consideration.

Both chambers worked out differences in the legislation and sent it to Gov. Phil Bredesen Monday evening. He's expected to review the measure once it reaches his desk.

Under current law, any type of coercion to have an abortion is prohibited. But sponsors say some women may not know that and the sign spells out what's in the law.

The legislation would require clinics to post signs that read in part: "It is against the law for anyone, regardless of the person's relationship to you, to coerce you into having or to force you to have an abortion."

Facilities that don't comply could be fined as much as $2,500.

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Read SB3812/HB3301 at http://capitol.tn.gov

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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