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Tennessee Pro-Life Law Makes Ultrasound Available to Pregnant Women

This week a new Tennessee law went into effect that requires an abortionist who performs an ultrasound before an abortion to offer the pregnant woman seeking the abortion the opportunity to learn the results. If she opts to know the results, the new law requires that she be advised of whether or not a heartbeat was detected. Abortion providers must also include in an annual report to the Department of Health the number of such ultrasounds where a fetal heartbeat was detected.

While the new law does not require an ultrasound, as required in 13 other states, it is at least another way to encourage pregnant women to keep their babies instead of aborting.

Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss, the bill’s sponsor, noted during debate on the bill that he was unapologetically pro-life. “My concern is not with the emotional health of a person seeking an abortion,” he said. “My concern is with the physical health of the baby inside.”

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New York City Gender-Neutral Birth Certificates Become a Reality

This week a New York City law went into effect that allows adults to change their birth certificates to reflect either “male,” “female,” or the so-called gender-neutral “X” and gives parents the same options for their newborns.

New Yorkers no longer need a letter from a physician or an affidavit signed by a licensed health care provider to change their sex on their birth certificates. No gender reassignment surgery necessary.

“You be you. Live your truth. And know that New York City will have your back,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said after signing the measure into law last October.

California, Oregon, Washington state, and New Jersey (in February) also have similar laws.

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