A Tennessee abortion business that has killed babies for 48 years will close when the state’s new abortion ban takes effect on Thursday following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Thanks to the Supreme Court making its Dobbs decision official last month, a trigger laws in Tennessee will go into effect August 25th. That will protect all babies from abortions and only allow abortions in very limited instances.
In June, the Tennessee heartbeat law went into effect following the Dobbs decision. The pro-life law protects babies from abortions and it has already been responsible for closing two abortion businesses. While the pro-life law bans abortions on babies when their heart starts beating, the trigger law will offer full legal protection for unborn children starting from conception.
The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office previously announced the new pro-life law would go into effect 30 days after the Supreme Court officially entered its judgment for overturning the Roe. V. Wade case.
As a result of the new protective law, the CHOICES abortion business in Memphis will close and, tomorrow, the abortion center will kill its last baby. Planned Parenthood stopped killing babies at its centers in Memphis and Nashville on June 28th but CHOICES continued killing babies in early-term abortions.
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The Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health will also close down for good on August 31st. Bristol Regional Women’s Health Center and carafem in Mt. Juliet will also stop killing babies in abortions.
“It’s been a gut-punch. It’s a loss, and there is grief that comes with that,” said Jennifer Pepper, who has been president and CEO of the clinic since last year, but began her career there as a counselor and abortion doula about 25 years ago while an undergraduate at nearby Rhodes College.
In the weeks since the Supreme Court ruling, CHOICES has provided about one-tenth of the number of abortions it normally would, Pepper said. Last year, the clinic served about 4,000 abortion patients, she said.
CHOICES in September expects to open a new clinic in Carbondale, Illinois, a location Pepper said was selected because it is three hours from both Memphis and Knoxville and along an Amtrak line for those seeking abortions who can no longer obtain them in their home state. Pepper is in the process of hiring staff.
As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The high court also ruled 6-3 uphold the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban so states can further limit abortions and to get rid of the false viability standard.
Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the judgment but, in his concurring opinion, disagreed with the reasoning and said he wanted to keep abortions legal but with a new standard.
Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was overturned 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 protecting babies from abortions and Kentucky became the 4th and Louisiana became the 5th and Ohio became the 6th and Utah became the 7th and Oklahoma became the 8th and Alabama became the 9th. This week, Mississippi became the 10th and South Carolina became the 11th,Texas became the 12th with its pre-Roe law and Tennessee became the 13th.
Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia have old pro-life laws on the books but there is question about whether they are applicable and will be enforced.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or quickly ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.
The 13 total 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 presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its 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 enflamed debate and deepened division.”
Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.
Polls show Americans are pro-life on abortion and a new national poll shows 75% of Americans essentially agree with the Supreme Court overturning Roe.
Despite false reports that abortion bans would prevent doctors from treating pregnant women for miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies, pro-life doctors confirm that is not the case. Some 35 states have laws making it clear that miscarriage is not abortion and every state with an abortion ban allows treatment for both.