Tennessee abortion bans to go into effect as a result of Roe v. Wade reversal

Tennessee abortion bans to go into effect as a result of Roe v. Wade reversal by Calvin Freiburger for Life Site News

The state has a ‘valid interest in protecting the lives of unborn Tennesseans.’

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (LifeSiteNews) — A two-year-old ban on aborting babies with beating hearts can finally take effect in Tennessee thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In July 2020, Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed a pro-life omnibus bill that included, among other measures, a requirement that doctors perform an ultrasound before an abortion and a ban on going through with the abortion if a fetal heartbeat was found. Abortion allies quickly sued to block the law from taking effect, and it remained unenforceable until the Court handed down its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which declared it was “time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

The Nashville Tennessean reported that within hours of Dobbs’ release, Tennessee filed an emergency appeal of the injunction against their heartbeat law, asserting a “valid interest in protecting the lives of unborn Tennesseans,” and on Tuesday the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the injunction in light of Dobbs undoing the precedent that the heartbeat law conflicted with.

“It is unconscionable that Tennesseans will lose access to abortion in their communities because of this decision,” Planned Parenthood of Tennessee & North Mississippi CEO Ashley Coffield complained. “Planned Parenthood remains committed to helping people in Tennessee and Mississippi access abortions outside our state, and our doors are open for non-judgmental information, resources, and financial and logistical support.”

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