Planned Parenthood joins lawsuit against Tennessee abortion law
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – Planned Parenthood in Tennessee has joined the ACLU in challenging a state law on productive rights.
The law requires a woman to delay 48 hours and make a second trip to her doctor before getting an abortion.
The leadership claims it creates barriers to medical care for political reasons.
“Imposing a burdensome delay in access to care that serves no medical purpose whatsoever is nothing more than invasive political interference in private healthcare decisions,” said Hedy Weinberg, American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee executive director.
“A woman seeking abortion care is as capable of making decisions as any other patient — she doesn’t need a mandatory ‘time out’ before she can make a decision about her health care.”
They say the burden is even more severe for women who don’t live in the four major cities with the only remaining clinics that perform abortions.
The lawsuit asks the court to strike down the 48 hour delay requirement.
It was originally filed in 2015 on behalf of several Tennessee clinics.