Tennessee

Tennessee has an unconstitutional ban that outlaws abortion procedures as early as 12 weeks. Additionally, Tennessee's post-viability abortion restriction states that no abortion may be provided after viability unless necessary to preserve the woman's life or health (physical or mental). A copy of the physician's certificate of necessity must be filed with the district attorney general before the abortion is provided. Tennessee also allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women abortions, and subjects abortion providers to burdensome restrictions not applied to other medical professionals via Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws.

Restrictions: 
Constitutionally limits abortion by gestational age after viability
Prohibits later abortion except to preserve a woman's life or health (physical or mental)

Tennessee

Enacted legislation:

Tennessee has an unconstitutional ban that outlaws abortion procedures as early as 12 weeks. Additionally, Tennessee's post-viability abortion restriction states that no abortion may be provided after viability unless necessary to preserve the woman's life or health (physical or mental). A copy of the physician's certificate of necessity must be filed with the district attorney general before the abortion is provided. Tennessee also allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women abortions, and subjects abortion providers to burdensome restrictions not applied to other medical professionals via Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws.

Pending legislation:

In January 2017, Tennessee Representative Terri Lynn Weaver introduced legislation to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization, except to preserve the life and health of the pregnant woman. In February 2017, Senator Mae Beavers introduced the same bill in the Tennessee Senate. To view the latest House bill status, click here, and for the latest Senate bill status, click here.

Restrictions: Constitutionally limits abortion by gestational age after viability | Prohibits later abortion except to preserve a woman's life or health (physical or mental)