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Tennessee Age, Reason Abortion Laws Remain Blocked During Appeal

Sept. 30, 2020, 3:30 PM

Tennessee lost its attempt to enforce gestational age and reason-based restrictions on abortions during its appeal from an order blocking them after a federal court said it didn’t show it’s likely to succeed in proving the laws are constitutional.

One of the laws at issue restricts abortions after cardiac activity is detected at about six weeks’ gestation up through 24 weeks, in a cascading sequence. The other prohibits most abortions sought because of the fetus’s sex, race, or prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

The state’s request to stay the preliminary injunction barring the provisions’ enforcement made most of the same ...

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