Political Info and Laws in Brief
- Governor Bill Haslam (R) is anti-choice.
- The Tennessee House is anti-choice.
- The Tennessee Senate is anti-choice.
Tennessee has an unconstitutional and unenforceable criminal ban on abortion.
Biased Counseling & Mandatory Delay
Tennessee has an unconstitutional and unenforceable law that subjects women seeking abortion services to biased-counseling requirements and mandatory delays.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers
Tennessee has a "Choose Life" license-plate program.
Insurance Prohibition for Abortion
Tennessee restricts insurance coverage of abortion for some individuals.
Refusal to Provide Medical Services
Tennessee allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals.
Restrictions on Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion
Tennessee restricts low-income women's access to abortion.
Restrictions on Young Women's Access to Abortion
Tennessee law restricts young women's access to abortion services by mandating parental consent.
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.
State Constitutional Protection
Tennessee's constitution provides greater protection for a woman's right to choose than the U.S. Constitution.
OTHER RELEVANT LAWS
Post-Viability Abortion Restriction
Tennessee restricts post-viability abortion.
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.
In 2014, voters in Tennessee will vote on an amendment that would eliminate protections in Tennessee's constitution that guarantee women the right to privacy.