When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, numerous states had “trigger laws” standing at the ready. Some of them snapped into effect immediately, despite facing plenty of pushback.
One of these laws was a ban on abortion as early as 6 weeks in the state of Tennessee. It’s slated to go into effect on the 30th day after the momentous SCOTUS decision.
However, it was held up in court and up until today, there was some doubt if the law would go through.
All around the nation, these new laws are taking center-stage: by sending the issue of abortion back to the states, the SCOTUS ruling has led to a windfall of legislation from both Red and Blue states.
Many pro-choice states are doubling down on the “Constitutional right” to abortion, while those who favor life are essentially trying to ban most forms of non-medical emergency abortion.
Tennessee, a predominantly right-wing state, has long since been a proud member of the pro-life group, so it’s no surprise to see them enforce this ban.
And now, a federal court has ruled that they can move forward.
Via The Daily Wire:
A federal court has allowed Tennessee’s ban on abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy to go into effect following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision came after the state’s Republican Attorney General Herbert Slatery filed an emergency motion on Friday following the Supreme Court’s announcement.
The state’s Republican Governor, Bill Lee, was proud of the decision and spoke at length about Tennessee’s plans following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling.
He called it a “hopeful, new chapter for our country,” and said the years-long battle has finally culminated in a moral victory:
After years of heartfelt prayer and thoughtful policy, America has an historic opportunity to support women, children and strong families while reconciling the pain and loss caused by Roe v. Wade.
We have spent years preparing for the possibility that authority would return to the states, and Tennessee’s laws will provide the maximum possible protection for both mother and child.
It’s important to note that Tennessee’s trigger law is only the tip of the iceberg for pro-life advocates.
Another aspect to the legislation is that it will “criminalize performing or attempting to perform an abortion,” and will only allow this when the mother’s life is in very serious danger.
We’ve seen similar legislation in other states, and many Republican and Conservative voters support the move. It’s also illegal to abort a pregnancy based on sex, race, or Down Syndrome in Tennessee.
As expected, Planned Parenthood wasn’t a big fan of the federal court allowing Tennessee to move forward with this law.
President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, Ashley Coffield, said it’s “unconscionable that Tennesseans will lose access to abortion.” But most right-wingers won’t agree.
Tennessee is just one of several states that have taken hard-nosed stances against abortion since the ruling.
For example, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said “abortions have stopped” in her state now, while adding that it’s important to “redouble our focus on taking care of mothers in crisis.”
No matter what, this debate will continue to be a #1 topic for years to come.
- A federal court ruled that the Tennessee abortion law – banning abortion up to 6 weeks – can take effect.
- It’s a victory for pro-life advocates and Tennessee joins other states in passing anti-abortion “trigger laws.”
- Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee called this the start of a “hopeful, new chapter of our country.”
Source: The Daily Wire