Appeals Court Partially Upholds Tennessee Ban On Abortions Due To Down Syndrome, Race, Sex

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Abortions have been banned in the state of Tennessee, according to the Daily Wire.

Abortions because of, race, sex, prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome have been banned.

“6th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted part of a lower court’s preliminary injunction that blocked the law from being enforced, allowing a portion of the law to take effect while the case continues to be litigated between the state and abortion rights groups.”

The new law also instated a “heartbeat ban,” which inhibits the option of aborting if a fetal heartbeat is detected.

A heartbeat can be detected at six weeks.

Abortion activists are in an uproar and have sued the state.

“Legal challenges from abortion rights advocates have so far stopped the laws from taking effect in at least nine states, including Tennessee.”

The law bans abortions if the doctor knows the patient is seeking an abortion due to the unborn child’s race, sex, an indication of Down syndrome, or any other conditions that affects the cognitive ability and causes developmental delays.

A violation of the new law would be a class C felony charge and would be punishable by 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Activists claim that the law is “unconstitutionally vague because it requires a physician to discern her patient’s motivations.”

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Gov. Bill Lee said, “Every life is precious and every child has inherent human dignity. Our law prohibits abortion based on the race, gender, or diagnosis of Down syndrome of the child and the court’s decision will save lives. Protecting our most vulnerable Tennesseans is worth the fight.”

Planned Parenthood released the statement, “These bans are just another way anti-abortion politicians are attempting to limit the constitutional right to abortion care and to create stigma. Decisions about whether and when to continue or to end a pregnancy are best made by the individual and their family.”

From The Daily Wire:

But the court ruled 2-1 in the state’s favor, allowing Tennessee to enforce the ban while litigation continues.

The one appeals court judge who ruled against reinstating the ban wrote that women “often seek reproductive care for multifaceted reasons,” and the Tennessee law was “unclear on how the state determines whether the physician understood the eventual reason for the woman’s choice.”

Abortion activists who filed the original lawsuit filed another motion following the appeals court’s ruling, again asking the U.S. district court to halt the bans from taking effect while litigation is ongoing, CNN reported.

Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights, which are suing over the Tennessee law, released a joint statement on the ruling.