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Tennessee Women Face New Challenges in Accessing Abortion Care

A new anti-choice law in Tennessee makes women cross several hurdles before they can access the health care they need. See what it does.

Tennessee Will Make Abortion Access More Difficult

The governor of Tennessee is poised to sign a bill that will make it more difficult for women to access abortion care.

Grade

Tennessee's grade on choice-related laws:

Methodology

Access Fact

96 percent of Tennessee counties have no abortion clinic

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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OTHER RELEVANT LAWS

Post-Viability Abortion Restriction

Tennessee restricts post-viability abortion.
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