Tennessee gov. signs bills to restrict abortion drugs, ban males from women’s college sports

Tennessee gov. signs bills to restrict abortion drugs, ban males from women’s college sports by Raymond Wolfe for Life Site News

People who violate Tennessee’s new abortion pill regulations can face felony charges and fines of up to $50,000.

For emergency medical help to reversal a drug-induced abortion, immediately call the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) hotline at: (877) 558-0333

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (LifeSiteNews) – Tennessee last week enacted a new round of restrictions on abortion and LGBT ideology, imposing stiff penalties for mail-delivered abortion-inducing drugs and banning “transgender” males from women’s college sports.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday signed HB 2416, which outlaws distributing abortion pills, such as mifepristone, by mail and allows only certain qualified doctors to administer the drugs.

Under the law, a doctor has to examine a woman in person before providing the pills during a return visit and must schedule another follow-up appointment one to two weeks later. The measure bars pharmacists and other non-doctors from giving out abortion drugs.

Violations can result in Class E felony charges and up to $50,000 in fines, as well as civil action against medical professionals, though mothers are exempted from penalties. A previous version of the bill stated that violators could face up to 20 years in prison, required that women be informed about the abortion pill reversal method, and explicitly banned distributing the pills at school

The new Tennessee law defies Biden administration guidance issued last year allowing mail delivery of abortion-inducing drugs. No lawsuits have been filed against HB 2416, however, which takes effect on January 1, 2023, according to AP News.

Tennessee is among around 20 other states with similar restrictions on abortion pills.

Studies have shown that chemical abortions, which now account for around half of abortions in the U.S., can result in serious side effects and that nearly 7 percent of women require surgical intervention after the procedure.

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