Lawsuit Challenging Tennessee’s Waiting Period Gains Pro-Choice Firepower

A motion was filed Wednesday seeking to add three plaintiffs to a lawsuit challenging the state’s 2015 law requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Specifically, both Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee and Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region are seeking to be added in addition to the Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health, which will be represented by the ACLU. According to news reports, State Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery agreed to stop enforcing requirements that abortion providers must have hospital admitting privileges and abortion clinics must meet hospital-level surgical standards in April.

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