A federal appeals court smacked down pro-abortion activists by ruling last week that Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting period for an abortion can remain in effect as the state appeals a ruling from last year.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled in 2015 that a Tennessee law requiring an individual to make at least two trips to a clinic was unconstitutional.
The law includes legally requiring a woman pursuing an abortion to receive counsel by a doctor in-person and then wait at least 48 hours before an abortion.
BREAKING: We welcome yet another great ruling from the 6th Circuit Court which has just reinstated a 48hr waiting period for mothers seeking an abortion in Tennessee.
— Susan B. Anthony List (@SBAList) April 23, 2021
The Sixth Circuit of Appeals has ruled in favor of the unborn in two recent cases. Most recently, the court allowed the state’s 48-hour waiting period to remain in effect during the appeal process.
Tennessee attorneys argued the waiting period restrict is similar to other informed consent laws for patients. Opponents argue the measure is unnecessary and restriction for women seeking an abortion.
The ruling is not the only abortion-related case under consideration in the Volunteer State. Another new law signed by Gov. Mike Lee (R) in 2020 requires abortion clinics to post a sign in waiting areas and patient rooms to inform patients it may be possible to reverse a medication abortion.
Pro-life supporters applaud the new measures to further restrict abortions. However, the ruling remains to face a final conclusion, indicating the current battle is far from over.