Catholics and evangelicals have been waiting for Roe v. Wade to be overturned since it became the law of the land. But this weekend was not much of a pep rally for those who have advocated most strongly against abortions.
Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Historic Metro Courthouse in downtown Nashville on Friday evening to protest the end of legal abortions in Tennessee.
Nashville’s District Attorney Glenn Funk has previously stated that he won’t prosecute abortion providers in the city. Now, he’ll soon have to follow through on that promise.
Ashley Coffield, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, told reporters on Friday that they are booked with patients through July 1, and are trying to see people as quickly as they can before a ban goes into effect.
After the news broke Friday morning that the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion ending federal protections for abortion, Tennessee lawmakers — both Republican and Democrat — shared their strong opinions in the space of 280 characters or less on Twitter.
Because of the uncertainty, Planned Parenthood clinics are trying to see patients in Memphis and Nashville through the weekend, but may not be able to at all after that.