Tennessee Passes Pro-Life Bill That Never Really Goes Into Effect

(ThePatriotSource.com)- Tennessee just passed a pro-life bill that has already been stopped in its tracks.

On Monday, Republican Governor Bill Lee signed a bill into law that bans abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected, among other measures. But before the new law could really even take effect, a lawsuit and judge’s decision stopped it in its tracks.

The law required doctors to do an ultrasound before performing an abortion, and if they found a fetal heartbeat, they wouldn’t be allowed to continue. In addition abortions that were sought due to the race and/or sex of the child, or due to a prenatal diagnosis of a disability, were banned.

As Lee said in announcing the new law, it is the state’s “responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in our community.” He further said the bill would make Tennessee “one of the most pro-life states in America.”

Following the bill’s passage, though, emergency lawsuits were immediately filed by pro-abortion groups such as the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Tennessee chapter of the ACLU. The groups said through the bill and other measures, “nearly all abortions in Tennessee have been criminalized.”

U.S. District Judge William Campbell signed those lawsuits, placing a temporary restraining order on the law from taking effect. In granting the injunction, Campbell said he was “bound by the Supreme Court holdings prohibiting undue burdens on the availability of pre-viability abortions.”

In reality, Tennessee officials who were at the forefront of this bill probably knew what the outcome would be. After all, the Supreme Court has heard multiple cases recently about the subject, ruling in favor of not restricting people’s access to abortions.

In late June, a 5-4 decision by the High Court struck down a Louisiana abortion law that required doctors who provide abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital that is within 30 miles of their clinic. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in the majority opinion that the law placed a “substantial obstacle” on women while providing “no significant health-related benefits,” which made it unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court also sent to other abortion cases back down to lower courts to re-examine decisions based on limiting access to abortions.

As a result, it’s likely that the people in Tennessee who were at the forefront of passing this new pro-life bill knew it would be stopped from going into effect almost immediately. The reason they may have plowed ahead with it anyway is to force the courts to take action, which would allow them to continue the fight against abortion up the judicial ladder.

By having a District Court judge rule on the matter and issue an injunction, it sets up the possibility that Tennessee could appeal the decision to a higher court. No matter what the outcome of that appeal is, the losing side is likely to appeal to an even higher court.

Eventually, that could mean another case that attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade could see its way in front of the Supreme Court at some time in the future.