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By Adam Friedman [Tennessee Lookout -CC BY-NC-ND 4.0] –
Two doctors and three women filed a lawsuit against Tennessee’s abortion law, arguing it prevents the implementation of life-saving medical care.
“Pregnant people in Tennessee have suffered needless physical and emotional pain and harm, including loss of their fertility,” said lawyers in suit’s filing documents. “These pregnant people are not imagined. They are not ideological talking points. They are real people, many with children who depend upon them.”
It’s the first challenge to Tennessee’s strict abortion ban since a narrow exception bill passed the State Legislature earlier this year.
The exception law allows physicians to perform abortions in limited medical emergencies like molar or ectopic pregnancies to remove a miscarriage, save the mother’s life or “prevent serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.”
The suit argues the exceptions passed aren’t clear enough, creating a “pervasive fear and uncertainty throughout the medical community.”
Tennessee’s abortion ban went into effect in August 2022, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the right to an abortion, allowing states to regulate the procedure. State Republican lawmakers passed an automatic trigger law in 2019 banning abortion if the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade.
The abortion lawsuit, filed Monday, is supported by the Center for Reproductive Rights, an out of state organization, which has filed similar cases in other states.
The plaintiffs in the suit are Nicole Blackmon, Allyson Phillips, and Kaitlyn Dulong, and Drs. Heather Maune and Laura Andreson.
Tennessee Right to Life continues to express their support of the law. Since the law went into effect, an estimated 10,000 lives have been saved from abortion in our state, and they state that the law is clear in its intent and constitutional in its application.
Stacy Dunn, President of Tennessee Right to Life, issued the following statement yesterday:
“While we have great sympathies for the Plaintiffs and the experiences they have suffered, we are fully confident in the constitutionality of the Human Life Protection Act and are confident in General Skrmetti’s ability to defend this lawsuit on behalf of women and unborn children across this State.”
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