Tennessee's 48-hour Abortion Waiting Period Law Reinstated by Appeals Court
Apr 26, 2021
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has allowed a Tennessee law requiring women seeking an abortion to wait 48 hours before they can undergo the procedure to take effect until a ruling on the law’s constitutionality is reached.
In a brief opinion released last Friday, a majority of judges on the Sixth Circuit agreed to stay a lower court ruling that placed an injunction on the 2015 waiting period law and granted an appeal in the case.
“It is further ORDERED that the motion to stay the district court’s judgment and injunction pending appeal is GRANTED, and that our prior opinion to the contrary … is VACATED,” stated the order.
The order comes after a federal court struck down the waiting period in October 2020. The state’s appeal of that decision is pending.