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Tennessee Fights Decision Striking Abortion Waiting Period Law

Feb. 10, 2021, 4:10 PM

A Tennessee law requiring women to wait 48 hours between their initial meeting with an abortion provider and the performance of the procedure is valid under years of precedent, the state said in a brief urging a federal appeals court to reinstate the provision.

Tennessee is the only state that currently can’t enforce a waiting period law, as there hasn’t been a successful federal constitutional challenge to one upheld on appeal in the nearly 30 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, the state told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

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