Tennessee’s newest restriction on abortions saw two major — and opposing — developments Monday.
A U.S. Supreme Court decision is being described as a “small victory” for abortion rights supporters in Tennessee, and it’s causing a leading anti-abortion group to call for a reset on opponents’ strategy.
In a late-night, last-minute vote, the Tennessee Senate passed what would become one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the country. The measure (SB2196/HB2263) had been championed by Gov. Bill Lee, although he said it was not a priority once the coronavirus pandemic struck in the state.
A federal judge says women can still get surgical abortions while Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order is in place limiting non-essential medical procedures. In a ruling issued Friday night, Judge Bernard Friedman wrote that barring abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic “creates an undue burden on the right of women in Tennessee to choose to have […]
Advocates filed an emergency lawsuit in Tennessee this morning, urging the courts to allow women to get abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Important details on some of Gov. Bill Lee’s most controversial bills are coming out on the same day. That day happens to be Super Tuesday, when attention is focused on presidential politics.
Republicans in the Tennessee legislature have renewed their efforts to ban abortions in the state, and this time Gov. Bill Lee is behind it. The proposal, which is in early stages, also has multiple provisions designed to make it stand up in court.
Listen / Tennessee’s two-day waiting period to get an abortion is on trial this week in Nashville’s federal court, and abortion rights supporters say the stakes are much higher than when the law took effect four years ago.
Listen / Supporters of the so-called “heartbeat bill” broke out in applause after a state House committee approved the measure, but already both sides are anticipating the court fight ahead if the measure succeeds in passing the Tennessee General Assembly.
Listen / Nashville’s only remaining abortion clinic is still closed, but it plans to resume procedures next month following an indefinite suspension that started in early December. Officials with Planned Parenthood of Tennessee say the suspension of abortions was primarily a result of a bumpy merger between the Nashville and Memphis offices.