Tenn. governor signs bill regulating medication abortions

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FILE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delivers his State of the State address in the House Chamber of the Capitol building, Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.  Lee has signed legislation that will strictly regulate the dispensing of abortion pills, including imposing harsh penalties on doctors who violate them. The measure will go into effect Jan. 1, 2023.   (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)
FILE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delivers his State of the State address in the House Chamber of the Capitol building, Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. Lee has signed legislation that will strictly regulate the dispensing of abortion pills, including imposing harsh penalties on doctors who violate them. The measure will go into effect Jan. 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will soon strictly regulate the dispensing of abortion pills, including imposing harsh penalties on doctors who violate them, under legislation recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Bill Lee.

The measure, which Lee signed on Thursday, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2023. Once enacted, a medical clinician will be required to be physically present when abortion pills are administered to a patient even though federal regulations now allow mail delivery nationwide.

The issue has become even more important as the U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision as suggested through a recently leaked draft opinion. Notably, Tennessee is among the 13 states with a so-called trigger law that would make abortion illegal should Roe be overturned.

To date, 19 states have placed strict restrictions on accessing medication abortion. Under the Tennessee version, delivery of abortion pills by mail would be outlawed and anyone who wanted to use abortion pills would be required to visit a doctor in advance and then return to pick up the pills.

The drugs may be dispensed only by qualified physicians — which would include barring pharmacists from doing so. Violators would face a Class E felony and up to a $50,000 fine.

However, according to abortion law experts, it’s an unsettled question whether states can restrict access to abortion pills in the wake of the the Food and Drug Administration’s decision earlier this year to no longer require women to pick up the abortion medication in person. The move allowed millions of American women to get a prescription via an online consultation and receive the pills through the mail.

“The general rule is that federal law preempts conflicting state law,” Laura Hermer, a professor at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently told The Associated Press.

No lawsuit has been filed challenging Tennessee’s newly enacted restrictions.

Meanwhile, the in-person requirement had long been opposed by medical societies, including the American Medical Association, which said the restriction offers no clear benefit to patients

Use of abortion pills has been rising in the U.S. since 2000 when the FDA approved mifepristone — the main drug used in medication abortions. More than half of U.S. abortions are now done with pills, rather than surgery, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

Two drugs are required. The first, mifepristone, blocks a hormone needed to maintain a pregnancy. A second drug, misoprostol, taken one to two days later, empties the uterus. Both drugs are available as generics and are also used to treat other conditions.

4 thoughts on “Tenn. governor signs bill regulating medication abortions

    1. Hello Nan. I agree. A woman doesn’t start a pregnancy alone. Maybe that is why the rabid right doesn’t want kids taught sexual education? The question I have is what do these groups gain by forcing more women to carry a child to term knowing some could die, all will face large medical bills, and some don’t want a child for whatever reason. What is the gain for these groups? I have heard that it is to keep more women poor, desperate, and dependent on men. I have heard that churches think it is more butts in pews which means more cash in the collection plate. Others have written that more mothers will have to stay home, or more young adult women will be forced by fear of pregnancy to avoid sex that way staying pure as some groups think women should be. But I really don’t see any real gain except the years of raising donations and votes the politicians have used the issue for, and still are. What are your thoughts?

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      1. As with pretty much everything else in the world, there’s no doubt that $$$$ play a role in this issue. ESPECIALLY in the political world. However, I’m not sure that is the propelling force for many. I really do think there are individuals who believe “life begins at conception” — and for them, keeping the blastocyst/fetus alive is far more important that the life circumstances of the woman. Even in cases where SHE might die if she carried the fetus to term, the singular goal is the “child.”

        IMO, there are ways this could be legislated that would take all parties into consideration, but of course, that’s in a perfect world. Need I say more?

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        1. Hello Nan. Roe did that. It balanced viable life of the fetus against the rights of the woman. They don’t want to accept that until a certain point the zygote is nothing more than a tumor growing in the female that might turn into a human person if it keeps developing and all conditions happen just right.

          I think an important point is many do not think that pregnancy itself is something to be worried about and is not a problem for any woman. Remember Justice Barrett asked that with the ability to freely give up the child what was the harm in banning abortion. The lawyer never said it but should have quoted the high maternal deathrate and the overwhelming expensive costs of just giving birth. The baby doesn’t pay those, the person giving birth will be stuck with the bill even if they give the child up.

          But you are correct I think that a small segment of the population is convinced against the very dictates of their holy book that a baby human is created at fertilization. They are demanding to save that babies life. Ok but how to explain that the minute it is born, takes its first breath, these same people demonstrating and spending their time trying to block women from abortion clinics or running scam crisis clinics, lose any interest in doing anything more for the child now born. They are done, their job over in their mind. Task accomplished; child born.

          They no longer care about the child enough to see it fed, housed, clothed, educated, or loved. It is a toy used for a while but the new wore off it, and it is boring to them now. They are off to find a new toy to save.

          And a mother with a child cries alone and unheard, both mother and child a victim to those who think they have the right to make the medical decisions over other people’s bodies. Dening other people the medical procedures their doctors recommend for them to be happy and move forward in life, because they don’t agree with the choice involved. What happened to live and let live? You do your thing, and I will do mine? Or even mind your own business?

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