Jun. 30—Tennessee healthcare providers are pushing back against the United States Supreme Court's ruling last week that overturned 50 years of legal precedent regarding a woman's right to access abortion.
The reversal of the order means that abortions are no longer federally protected, leaving the decision in the hands of state legislatures. In Tennessee, a trigger law will go into effect making abortion a class-C felony within the next 30 days. Physicians and those associated who perform an abortion could face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
On Tuesday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated an injunction that was stopping the state's "fetal heartbeat" law from taking effect, so the six-week abortion ban is effectively back in force. Abortion clinics in Tennessee have already stopped taking future appointments.