Women in Tennessee who want to abort their unborn babies will have to wait 48 hours before doing so.
Abortion advocates claimed that this requirement significantly burdened women, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit disagreed. The 2015 law doesn’t violate the “right” to an abortion unless it prevents a large percentage of women from killing their offspring. So far, it hasn’t.
From Live Action News:
The state’s mandated waiting period — which requires a woman to make a separate trip to an abortion facility for mandatory counseling 48-hours before she has an abortion — was ruled unconstitutional in October 2020 by a lower court. In that ruling, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman determined that the waiting period caused undue hardship for women, writing, “Defendants’ suggestion that women are overly emotional and must be required to cool off or calm down before having a medical procedure they have decided they want to have, and that they are constitutionally entitled to have, is highly insulting and paternalistic — and all the more so given that no such waiting periods apply to men.”
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 24-hour abortion waiting period law in 1992.
The pro-life decision means that women have time to reflect and reconsider whether they want to kill their unborn babies. When it comes to life, every minute counts. The 48-hour waiting period may cause some women to choose to protect their babies rather than harming these voiceless and vulnerable human beings.