Planned Parenthood’s abortion business has stopped killing babies in Nashville as the state of Tennessee is expected to get approval from federal courts to enforce its heartbeat law that bans abortions when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable.
The six-week ban could go into effect from Tuesday, and an abortion ban in the state could go into effect next month, protecting babies from abortion from conception.
Yesterday, state officials told federal courts that a court order blocking a six-week abortion ban in Tennessee “is no longer warranted” following the landmark Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
In a federal appeals court filed Monday, the providers said their lawsuit against the six-week ban had become “pointless” after the Supreme Court ruling, which gave states the right to regulate access to abortion. The six-week ban was passed into law in 2020 before being blocked by the lawsuit.
The state’s attorney general’s office urged the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to let the six-week ban go into effect “as soon as possible”, saying any delay would “cost the lives of Tennesseans and violates the state’s sovereignty”.
The Planned Parenthood clinic in Nashville did not perform abortions on Monday, pending the six-week ban.
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As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, holding a 6-3 majority decision in the Dobbs case that “the Constitution does not grant the right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The Supreme Court also ruled 6-3 uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, allowing states to restrict abortions further and remove the false viability standard.
Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the verdict but, in his opinion, disagreed with the reasoning, saying he wanted to keep abortion legal but with a new standard.
Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was destroyed and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions, and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state to protect babies from abortion and Kentucky became 4th, and Louisiana became 5th, and Ohio became 6th, and Utah became 7th, and Oklahoma became 8th, and Alabama became 9th. Yesterday Mississippi took 10th and South Carolina 11th.
Wisconsin and West Virginia have old pro-life laws on the books, but whether they apply and will be enforced is questionable.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or expeditiously ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.
The 13 states with trigger laws that would effectively ban all or most abortions are Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
“Abortion poses a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of any state from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey have usurped that authority. We now reject those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was wrong from the start. The reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have fueled debate and deepened divisions.”
This is a milestone for the Pro-Life movement and our entire nation. After nearly 50 years of staining the moral fabric of our country, Roe v. Wade is no more.
Judges Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer wrote a joint dissent condemning the decision to allow states to impose “draconian” restrictions on women.