August 10, 2022

Judge rules in favor of Tennessee’s 48-hour wait prior to an abortion

A federal court overturned a lower court decision on Thursday and ruled Tennessee’s state law that requires a woman to wait 48 hours until having an abortion is legal.

“Although the Supreme Court upheld a similar 24-hour waiting period in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the district court said that Tennessee’s waiting period violates a woman’s right to have an abortion. We disagree and reverse,” the ruling read.

“Tennessee’s 48-hour abortion waiting period is facially constitutional. The law is supported by a rational basis, and it is not a substantial obstacle to abortion for a large fraction of women seeking previability abortions in Tennessee,” it continued.

Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights said they will continue to fight the ruling.

“The forced delay requirement has nothing to do with patient health,” Ashley Coffield, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, said in the News Channel 5 report, according to Breitbart News.

“Abortion is health care and we at Planned Parenthood will continue to fight for our right to control our own bodies because our patients deserve nothing less,” it added.

The ruling served as one of numerous new cases related to abortion in 2021. The Supreme Court will decide its first major case related to the controversial topic this fall.

With a new 6 to 3 conservative majority in the court, many conservatives are hoping for a positive ruling. Ultimately, conservatives would like to see Roe v. Wade reversed and allow states to decide laws related to abortion.

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