Appeals court rules TN can outlaw abortions based on "sex, race, or disability"

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Nov 22nd, 2020 10:31 am
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Last Updated Nov 24th, 2020 at 4:47 pm

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Tennessee can outlaw abortions motivated by prenatal diagnosis of disability, race, or sex of the baby.

"Our law prohibits abortion based on the race, gender, or diagnosis of Down syndrome of the child and the court's decision will save lives," Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said. "Protecting our most vulnerable Tennesseans is worth the fight."

After the decision, the plaintiff's attorneys filed a request in lower federal court to block the law by a temporary restraining order.

"[The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals] only addressed plaintiffs' vagueness claims and explicitly declined to issue any ruling with respect to plaintiffs' claims that the reason bans violate patients' constitutional right to pre-viability abortion," the plaintiff's attorneys wrote.

🔦 Tennessee passed a ban on abortions "motivated by sex, race or disability diagnosis of the child" earlier this year. The law also required abortion providers to conduct an ultrasound and allow mothers to hear the heartbeat of their child before killing it.

A lower federal court blocked the law by an injunction, hours after Governor Bill Lee enacted it.


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