Fetal Heartbeat abortion ban goes into affect in Tennessee
Total abortion ban coming this summer
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – Tennessee’s abortion laws changed today because of a court ruling.
The ban on almost all abortions from the trigger law won’t go into affect for 30 days after clearing some legal hurdles.
But on Tuesday, an Appeals Court stopped the injunction against the state’s Fetal Heartbeat bill.
So as of now, abortions are illegal in Tennessee after a heartbeat can be detected at six weeks gestational age. Medical emergencies are exempted.
Critics say that is before many women even know they are pregnant.
And they say this ruling is just the beginning.
“This is a dark day for Tennessean’s reproductive freedom,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “They have had their autonomy stolen from them by politicians. We are exploring all options not only to ensure that patients can access abortion, but to hold leaders accountable for robbing the people of Tennessee and Mississippi of their rights. This is not over.”
The state’s Attorney General says today’s ruling goes into affect immediately.
“Tennesseans, through their elected representatives, passed the “Heartbeat Bill” in 2020,” said General Slatery. “With today’s unanimous decision from the full Sixth Circuit, the timing provisions prohibiting most abortions are now enforceable.”
The Attorney General predicts that the Trigger Act which bans abortions after fertilization, will become official something in mid-August.