In many parts of this great nation — mostly in Democrat-led cities and states — aborting children for virtually any reason is still 100% legal.
According to Breitbart, however, that’s no longer the case in the red state of Tennessee, where a federal appeals court handed pro-life legislators and conservative activists a huge victory on Friday by upholding so-called “reason bans,” which make abortions that are based on a diagnosis of Down Syndrome, or because of the race or gender of the baby, illegal.
A win for pro-lifers
The bombshell ruling out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit lifted an injunction that was blocking a law passed earlier this year. According to Breitbart, part of the measure prohibits abortions “motivated by sex, race, or disability diagnosis of the unborn child.”
The language was included in what became known as Tennessee’s “fetal heartbeat bill,” which banned abortions as soon as a heartbeat could be detected in the unborn baby.
A band of pro-abortion groups including Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) quickly moved to file suit earlier this summer in an effort to block parts of the bill, including the aforementioned “reason bans.”
The ACLU of Tennessee announced in a tweet at the time of the pro-life bill’s passing: “With our partners, we just sued to stop Tennessee’s extreme abortion ban law. Lawmakers can pass unconstitutional laws like this under cover of night, but they’ll have to face us in court in the light of day.”
Thanks to the appeals court’s Friday decision on the matter, “reason bans” will be enforced while the pro-abortion groups continue to litigate other sections of the sweeping pro-life bill and others like it that passed in a number of states this summer.
The fight rages on
In the meantime, pro-choice Democrats are keeping up their criticism of the bill out of Tennessee, according to Breitbart, saying it only serves to hurt women’s reproductive rights and further the stigma around abortions.
“These bans are just another way anti-abortion politicians are attempting to limit the constitutional right to abortion care and to create stigma,” Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, wrote in a statement. “We will continue to fight these bans in the courts,” she added, according to the Tennessean.
Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee, expressed a similar sentiment. “Banning certain abortions will not provide a real solution to gender or racial discrimination and does nothing to address their root causes,” Weinberg wrote in an email, as the Tennessean reported.
But cry as they might, those on the left will have to concede a loss on this one.
According to the Tennessean, other abortion laws that remain in place in Tennessee include strict limits on when state and public insurance can be used for abortions as well as a measure requiring underage minors to involve parents or guardians in such decisions. For pro-lifers, it’s a win all around.