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Tennessee

Grade

Tennessee's grade on choice-related laws:

Methodology

Access Fact

94 percent of Tennessee counties have no abortion provider

Methodology

Source: Guttmacher Institute

Political Info and Laws in Brief

Executives

  • Governor Bill Haslam (R) is anti-choice.

Legislature

  • The Tennessee House is anti-choice.
  • The Tennessee Senate is anti-choice.

ANTI-CHOICE LAWS

Abortion Ban

Tennessee has an unconstitutional and unenforceable criminal ban on abortion.
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Biased Counseling & Mandatory Delay

Tennessee has an unconstitutional and unenforceable law that subjects women seeking abortion services to biased-counseling requirements and mandatory delays.
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Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Tennessee has a "Choose Life" license-plate program.
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Insurance Prohibition for Abortion

Tennessee restricts insurance coverage of abortion for some individuals.
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Refusal to Provide Medical Services

Tennessee allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals.
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Restrictions on Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion

Tennessee restricts low-income women's access to abortion.
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Restrictions on Young Women's Access to Abortion

Tennessee law restricts young women's access to abortion services by mandating parental consent.
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Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP)

Tennessee prohibits certain qualified health-care professionals from providing abortion care and has an unconstitutional and unenforceable law that subjects abortion providers to burdensome restrictions not applied to other medical professionals.
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PRO-CHOICE LAWS

State Constitutional Protection

Tennessee's constitution provides greater protection for a woman's right to choose than the U.S. Constitution.
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OTHER RELEVANT LAWS

Post-Viability Abortion Restriction

Tennessee restricts post-viability abortion.
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Ballot Measures

Do voters ever decide on issues related to a woman's right to choose? In many states, the answer is yes. Anti-choice groups put measures on the ballot to advance their agenda.

Tennessee Anti-Choice Constitutional Amendment
Voters in Tennessee will vote on a measure that would repeal a woman’s right to privacy and significantly expand the power of elected officials in the state to restrict abortion rights. If the measure passes, the legislature would have the power to repeal any measure that protects abortion rights. That's not all. If Roe v. Wade were ever overturned, the Tennessee Supreme Court would have no authority to keep abortion legal in the state.


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