Pro-abortionists go after another phase of multifaceted Tennessee pro-life law

By Dave Andrusko

In July, NRL News Today reported on an initially successful lawsuit filed against portions of a multi-faceted Tennessee pro-life law by Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of “abortion providers.” Last Tuesday, the same trio had another first round success against another aspect of the law with the same judge.

On July 13, District Judge William L. Campbell signed a temporary restraining order less than an hour after Gov. Bill Lee governor signed  bill into law. Twelve days later, Judge Campbell upped the ante by issuing a preliminary injunction barring the law from being implemented.

Abortions are banned except to save the mother’s life

  • If the doctor knows that the woman is seeking an abortion because of the child’s sex or race.
  • If the doctor knows the woman is seeking an abortion due to  a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
  • After the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected
  • For juveniles in custody of the Department of Children’s Services, including removing the current option to petition a judge for permission.

Last Tuesday, pro-abortion litigants went after another provision of the law which (as The Tennessean summarized it), “Require[s] that abortion clinics post a sign in the waiting room and in patient rooms informing people that it may be possible to reverse a chemical abortion.” They are talking about Abortion Pill Reversal (APR).

A compliant Judge Campbell wrote, “Plaintiffs have demonstrated a strong or substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their claims that (the law) violates the First Amendment by requiring abortion providers to convey a mandated message that is misleading.” 

Ryan Foley wrote that Samantha Fisher, a spokesperson for the Tennessee Attorney General’s office, explained that “the temporary restraining order merely preserves the status quo until the district court can hold a preliminary injunction hearing.” That hearing  is scheduled to take place on October 13.

As NRL News Today has explained, chemical abortions {“medication abortions”) involve two drugs, taken separately: misoprostol and mifepristone. APR offers women and girls a second chance.

 If, after taking the first drug (mifepristone), she changes her mind and does not take the second drug (misoprostol), she has as high as a 68% chance of saving her baby if she instead takes progesterone to off-set the effect of the mifepristone.

But, of course, she needs to know about this—which is what adding the information to the Informed Consent on Abortion statute accomplishes.