Jul 27, 2022 - News

Tennessee's abortion ban begins next month

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Tennessee's ban on nearly all abortions will begin Aug. 25.

  • The 2019 law triggering the ban was designed to go into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which happened last month.

Driving the news: Tennessee attorney general Herbert Slatery said Tuesday that the high court had issued its formal judgment in that case, which started the 30-day waiting period before the ban begins.

Between the lines: A ban restricting abortions after six weeks of gestation is already in place in the meantime.

  • Planned Parenthood clinics in Tennessee have already stopped offering abortions altogether.

State of play: Nashville leaders are calling on the Metro Employee Benefit Board to expand benefits for city employees who must travel out of state for "medical treatment unavailable in Tennessee," including abortions.

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