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New campaign ad claims some Tenn. abortion clinics not regulated

BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) –A new campaign ad encouraging Tennesseans to vote “Yes on 1” includes a 911 call from an abortion clinic with ties to the Tri-Cities. A group says that call and that clinic are examples of why Tennessee needs tougher restrictions on abortion clinics. An attorney for the clinic calls the ad misleading and unethical.

On Tuesday, November 4th, Tennessee voters will have vote on four proposed constitutional amendments. Amendment 1 would give the state legislature more power to regulate abortion in Tennessee, essentially putting the state in line with what’s allowable under federal law. It would not take away a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.

Here’s a portion of the ad unveiled Monday by the group “Yes on 1”:

Commentator: “Tennessee has compromised the health and safety of certain women.”

Nashville 911 dispatcher: ‘Does she have any abdominal pain?’

Women’s Center Staff: “Uh, I’m sure she does, she’s in the middle of getting an abortion.'”

The ad says some Tennessee abortion facilities are not regulated, and by voting for Amendment 1 you could help change that. News Channel got reaction from an attorney for the clinic who says this ad should be ignored.

The owner of this Bristol Tennessee Clinic is Dr. Gary Boyle. He also owns a clinic in Nashville where abortions are performed. In its newest ad, the group “Yes on 1” includes what it says was an emergency call from that Nashville clinic about a women in distress after she came for an abortion.

“Yes on 1” wants to change the Constitution in Tennessee so lawmakers can enact legislation that will impact abortion clinics. One proposed change – that all clinics where abortions occur be licensed and inspected.

Read the full story here.

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