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.
Listen / As of Jan. 1, Tennessee has a new law related to ultrasounds prior to receiving abortions. The law is a result of compromise within Tennessee’s pro-life movement.
Listen / The suspension of abortions at Nashville’s Planned Parenthood, the city’s only remaining clinic, has advocates raising money to help patients travel out of town and offset the cost of a procedure that can cost more than $1,000. They say plans for an abortion fund were already in the works as access in Tennessee has […]
Listen / An effort to defund Planned Parenthood in Tennessee will also cut off Medicaid reimbursements to other health care providers in the state. The federal government has begun reviewing the new restriction and started taking public comments on Friday.
Listen / The Tennessee House of Representatives will vote on a measure that would require abortion providers to offer women ultrasounds before the procedure. It’s a watered-down version of a more controversial proposal that stalled out last year, but it is nonetheless drawing criticism.
Listen / The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down two abortion restrictions in Texas will likely have major ramifications for similar regulations in Tennessee, both sides in the debate said Monday. Opponents of abortion in Tennessee say the court’s 5-3 decision represents a major setback for their cause and will probably mean taking a […]
Abortion rights lobbyists say they don’t expect to stop lawmakers from passing new regulations this year, and conservative lobbyists are wary of lawsuits.