July 2021 – On April 23, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Tennessee pro-life legislation enacted in 2015. The law was enforced for five years, requiring abortion facilities to provide women with informed consent 48 hours prior to conducting an abortion.
In October 2020, one federal judge ruled the law unconstitutionally burdens a woman’s access to abortion. Now, the federal court has reinstated the law. This ruling is a major victory, according to Stacy Dunn, president of Tennessee Right to Life.
“Tennesseans support commonsense legislation such as this waiting period, which protects [a woman] from being rushed into a decision by the very industry that will profit from her abortion,” said Dunn. “There are children alive in Tennessee today because this law allowed their mothers time to consider all their options. The court has made a wise decision to allow this law to go back into effect.”