The history and future of abortion in our area

If the Supreme Court strikes down Roe V Wade, most abortions will automatically become illegal 13 days later in Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Tennessee is one of 13 states that already have triggering laws on the books, that kick in once Roe V. Wade is struck down.  The legal battle didn’t end in our state when the Supreme Court ruled in 1973.

6232 Vance was once the home of Chattanooga’s last abortion clinic.

Now, it’s a memorial to the unborn. An action made by the president of the American Rights Coalition, Charles Wysong, almost 28 years ago.

Wysong always held that the 1973 Roe versus Wade decision was wrong to take the rights away from the states and give it to those who actually have the babies – women.

“Roe v Wade was a departure from that, and an attempt to simply impose upon us, so that every man could do that which is right in his own eyes. This leaked opinion is really coming back and strengthening the laws and order of liberty in our country again.”

If the opinion becomes the final decision, Tennessee will then have what’s called a ‘trigger law.’ It criminalizes abortions within 30 days of the decision becoming final.

There is only one exception to the law: if the pregnant woman either has a life or death decision or would be significantly harmed by having the baby.

Women who are raped won’t have any recourse if they become pregnant. Wysong believes that might be an even bigger burden to have an abortion in that situation.

“The women who say ‘I was raped. I’m going to take the life of the baby…They come off… They are putting themselves through a second trauma that they don’t get over very well.”

The Supreme Court left one question unanswered: when exactly is a fetus a human being? The states have not come to an agreement on that fact, and David Fowler, the president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee says this fight over abortion isn’t anywhere close to being over.

“What brings it about in an ultimate final sense creates and brings about a human being. Then, that creates an ethical question at the very moment that that person exists, and we have to then decide what do we now do?”


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