Under a July law, Tennessee abortion providers were required to tell abortion seekers that abortion from medication – a non-surgical procedure that works until about 10 weeks after pregnancy and typically takes two drugs several days apart – may be reversible can be made. The law also required that information about the procedure be made available on the website of the state’s Department of Health and that providers notify patients.
Abortion providers in Tennessee, along with Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and its Tennessee subsidiary, and the Center for Reproductive Rights, challenged the law in August, suing Tennessee Republican Attorney General Herbert Slatery and other Tennessee officials because they were forced to make “false”, misleading and irrelevant information. “
Judge William Campbell wrote Tuesday that unless the experts testify, “he has” been unable to fully assess the competing expert opinions as to whether the mandated message is “true and not misleading”, but noted that “another Aspect of the mandate “Message is” misleading “. “”
He noted that since abortion providers are required to post abortion reversal information on the Department of Health’s website from October 1st, the deadline for the Department of Health to publish the information is January 1st, “such information and assistance may Not.” be available “so that” a patient who wants to access such information cannot. “
Campbell noted that “Plaintiffs have demonstrated a strong or significant likelihood of success in relation to their allegations that (the requirements) violate the First Amendment by requiring abortion providers to deliver a mandated message that is misleading.” The blockade will last until October 13, the date Campbell has scheduled a hearing on the case.
Slatery’s office said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday that Campbell’s order “merely maintains the status quo until the district court can hold an injunction,” adding that “we look forward to providing evidence to support that at the hearing.” To support the constitutionality of the statute. “”
Ashley Coffield, CEO of plaintiff Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, hailed “Victory in Blocking Another Failed Policy” and proposed “How Anti-Abortion Politicians Implement the Trump Administration Agenda Against Our Rights and Freedoms – without public contribution and against. ” the will of the people. “
CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.