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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued their judgment in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and now Tennessee’s trigger law is set to take effect on August 25th.
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As required by state law, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III has now notified the Tennessee Code Commission of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision.
The letter to the Tennessee Code Commission can be read in its entirety HERE or a portion below:
Dear Fellow Members of the Tennessee Code Commission:
Pursuant to the Human Life Protection Act, 2019 Tenn. Pub. Acts, ch. 351, $ 3, this letter serves to notify the Tennessee Code Commission that the U.S. Supreme Court issued the judgment today in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, I42 S. Ct. 2228 (2022). Dobbs ovemrled, in whole or in part, Roe v. Wade,410 U.S. ll3 (L973), as modified by Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 533 (1992), thereby restoring to the states their authority to prohibit abortion.
Accordingly, the Human Life Protection Act, codified at Tenn. Code Ann. $ 39-15-213, shall take effect on the thirtieth day following the Supreme Court issuing the judgment in Dobbs’ That effective date is August 25,2022.
According to the way the law was written, it was up to the Attorney General to notify the Tennessee Code Commission. Within 30 days of that notification, abortion will be banned in the state under most circumstances.
The Human Life Protection Act passed in 2019 criminalizes “performing or attempting to perform an abortion, except in extreme cases where it is necessary to prevent death or serious and permanent bodily injury to the mother” making it a Class C felony for physicians. Women seeking to end a pregnancy are not subject to prosecution.
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com