By The Nashvillle Tennessean
Pandering for votes is never a good reason to sponsor legislation that will have a major impact on lives of constituents. And, of course, politicians should never meddle with the relationship between a doctor and a patient. And unnecessary procedures are potentially harmful to the medical profession.
With one fell swoop, state Sen. Jim Tracy, who wants to be U.S. Rep. Jim Tracy, has succeeded at all of the above.
Apparently, Tracy, a Shelbyville Republican, has as little regard for women in Tennessee as the man he wants to replace.
Call the Republican primary for the Fourth Congressional District a race to the bottom.
Current U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Jasper – also, currently a physician – wants to keep his seat despite lying to his constituents about an improper relationship with a patient. But with transcripts showing his dishonesty, his own party seems to be ready to cut him loose.
So, what could Tracy do to keep this a close race? How about trying to impose a state law to intimidate women by requiring them to have ultrasounds before having an abortion?
Not to check any health condition. But to try to influence this adult, whose decision is supposed to be their own, about whether to go through with a pregnancy. It’s not just the patient who would be compromised. The bill could intimidate the physician and possibly lead them to an unethical decision about their patient.
By the way: The extent of Sen. Tracy’s medical expertise? He is an insurance agent.
Transvaginal ultrasounds are even less likely to pass muster in the Tennessee Supreme Court, especially since it looks like an attempt to impose a waiting period. But it must look good on paper to pro-life advocates.
Still, we would be remiss if we took it for granted that voters in the Fourth District knew they were being lied to – again.