In recent years, we’ve seen a wave of abortion ban bills in statehouses across the country, as politicians attempt to effectively outlaw access to safe abortion care in their states.
But almost none of these bills is as prohibitive, extreme and strict as the abortion ban bill Tennessee lawmakers are taking up now.
SB 2196/HB 2263, as amended, criminalizes medical professionals who perform an abortion as early as six weeks. Further, it restricts the reasons a woman can have an abortion at all. The bill also includes language prohibiting abortion at multiple points in a woman’s pregnancy, an attempt to ensure that abortion access is taken away even if the courts strike down the 6-week ban portion of the bill.
In addition, the bill requires a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound and the clinic to describe it to her and display the images so that she can view them if she chooses.
If passed, this bill will effectively outlaw abortion in the state of Tennessee.
In fact, the governor and state legislators say they are committed to passing the strictest law in the country, with the hopes that it will end up at the United States Supreme Court.