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Pro-abortion groups file suit against pro-life Tennessee law

by | Jun 25, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

Like its compatriots in Iowa, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU and other “abortion rights” organizations have filed a petition asking for a temporary restraining order, in this instance on a Tennessee bill not yet signed into law by the governor. The group filed its lawsuit on Monday with U.S. District Judge William L. Campbell Jr.

As NRL News Today reported, on June 18, a wide-ranging, multiple-part abortion bill passed the Tennessee state Senate by an overwhelming vote of 23-5.  Last Thursday, the House passed the measure by an equally lopsided vote of 68-17. Gov. Bill Lee is expected to sign the bill at any time now.

According to Mariah Timms of The Tennessean

The legislation “will immediately and irreparably harm Plaintiffs and their patients by instantly eviscerating pre-viability abortion access in Tennessee with devastating effects,” the motion for the restraining order reads.

If the legislation takes effect, the plaintiffs “will have no choice but to turn away the vast majority of pregnant people seeking critical and time-sensitive medical care,” the groups argued in their motion. 

Here is the Tennessean’s Natalie Allison’s summary: Under the bill, abortions are banned, except to save the mother’s life,

  • After the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected
  • If the doctor knows that the woman is seeking an abortion because of the child’s sex or race.
  • If the doctor knows the woman is seeking an abortion due to  a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
  • For juveniles in custody of the Department of Children’s Services, including removing the current option to petition a judge for permission.

The legislation also 

  • “Require[s] that abortion clinics post a sign in the waiting room and in patient rooms informing people that it may be possible to reverse a chemical abortion.”

Allison reported, “If the courts strike down the six-week ban, in conjunction with the detection of a fetal heartbeat, the legislation goes on to automatically enact abortion bans at eight, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 weeks of gestation.”

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