Request to allow abortion waiting period in Tennessee denied

Tennessee

FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, file photo, pro-abortion rights protesters march to the Capitol on the opening day of the second session of the 109th General Assembly, in Nashville, Tenn. A federal court on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, denied a request to keep Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting period for abortions in effect while it hears an appeal of a lower court’s ruling that found it unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled in October that Tennessee’s waiting period law serves no legitimate purpose while placing a substantial burden on women who seek abortions in Tennessee. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal court has denied a request to keep Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting period for abortions in effect while it hears an appeal of a lower court’s ruling that found the law unconstitutional.

A federal judge ruled in October that the law serves no legitimate purpose while placing a substantial burden on women.

The 2015 law required women to make two trips to an abortion clinic, first for mandatory counseling and then for the abortion at least 48 hours later.

A panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the state was not likely to succeed in its appeal of the lower court’s ruling and so was not entitled to have the ruling put on hold.

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