TN Right to Life Responds to Attorney General Slatery's Satement on Abortion Waiting Period

Nov 15, 2021 at 07:27 am by WGNS


On Friday (Nov. 12, 2021), the Attorney General for the State of Tennessee, Herbert Slatery, announced that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision affirming Tennessee’s 48 hour waiting period will not be appealed to the US Supreme Court by the plaintiffs in the case. This latest development means that the lawsuit is over and the waiting period will remain law and in effect in Tennessee. 

In his press release, Slatery stated, “We are grateful that the Court recognized the validity of a law passed by the people’s representatives and did not substitute its own judgment for the policy decision made by the legislature and the Governor.” 

This waiting period law was the first piece of legislation for which Tennessee Right to Life advocated after the passage of Amendment 1 in 2014. The waiting period has proven effective in allowing women to take time to consider alternitives to an abortion, according to TN Right to Life. The group says the waiting period is a plus for those considering an abortion for themselves and their unborn children. 

“Tennessee Right to Life fought hard to see this law enacted so that abortion-minded women could have adequate time and information to thoughtfully discern before making such a life-altering decision,” said Will Brewer, Legal Counsel and Lobbyist for Tennessee Right to Life. “We know for a fact that this law is saving lives, and we are grateful that it will continue to save lives. Finally, we are grateful to the Attorney General’s office for so zealously defending the voices of the people of Tennessee,” said Brewer. 

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