A federal judge has extended a block on a portion of a pro-life law passed in Tennessee last year.
The Tennessee law passed last July bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detectable and implements additional abortion restrictions at various stages between six and 24 weeks gestation. The law bans abortion for sex, race, or prenatal diagnosis; mandates ultrasounds to be performed with the sound on for audible heartbeats; and requires abortionists to post information about the possibility of abortion pill reversal.
Almost immediately, the law was taken apart piece by piece as U.S. District Judge William Campbell in Nashville issued a temporary restraining order blocking the heartbeat and gestational age-based abortion restrictions. In September 2020, Judge Campbell also temporarily blocked the abortion pill reversal portion of the law. He also attempted to block the provision outlawing abortion for sex, race, or prenatal diagnosis; however, the Sixth Circuit ruled that portion could go into effect in November.
Most recently, Judge Campbell issued a preliminary injunction extending his injunction against the heartbeat and gestational age restrictions, as well as the mandate to provide information about abortion pill reversal, arguing that “the public interest will not be harmed by preserving the status quo,” according to The Hill. He specifically called into question the validity of abortion pill reversal and claimed that “there is no information about the identity and/or qualifications of those providers who will be administering ‘reversal’ treatment.”
As Live Action News reported, abortion pill reversal is rooted in “how abortion pills work, how the hormone progesterone functions in a woman’s body, and the part the bioidentical version of progesterone plays in reversing chemical abortion.” While the first step of a two-step process to abort the baby involves taking a pill (mifepristone) to starve the preborn baby of progesterone and cause the baby’s death, abortion pill reversal works by counteracting the mifepristone with higher dosages of progesterone, a hormone produced by the body naturally. This is intended to overcome the harmful effects of mifepristone. The Abortion Pill Rescue Network consists of a 24/7 hotline (855-209-4848) connected to a network of 900 rescue providers and centers. To date, the network has saved more than 2,000 lives.
Tennessee Right to Life blasted the judge’s latest ruling in a Facebook post. “The work that pro-life Tennesseans and their duly elected officials have done to protect women and their unborn children is under attack by the abortion industry. Judge Campbell’s decision plays right into the hands of those who want to keep women in the dark about their unborn children and all the options available to them,” said Stacy Dunn, the group’s president.
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