What's next in abortion law in Tennessee
Most abortions would be banned in Tennessee if Roe v. Wade is overturned, as a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court suggests.
- But it wouldn't happen right away.
Why it matters: The draft opinion, reported by Politico, shows a majority of the high court backing a broad rejection of Roe v. Wade. If the final ruling maintains that position, the issue would return to the states.
- Tennessee is one of 13 states that previously passed a so-called "trigger law" describing how abortions would end if Roe fell.
How it works: Under the terms of Tennessee's law, the state attorney general must notify state officials of the ruling.
- The law would take effect 30 days later. WPLN reports that window was included to allow for anticipated legal challenges.
- After the waiting period, state law would make performing or attempting to perform abortions a class C felony.
State of play: Tennessee's abortion ban would include limited exceptions, including if a doctor determines a pregnancy puts the mother's life at risk.
Yes, but: Funk said he wouldn't prosecute a doctor for providing an abortion in Nashville, although the Republican-dominated General Assembly passed a law last year allowing a special prosecutor for specific offenses local DAs decline to pursue.
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