Pro-life Victory: Appeals Court Lets Tennessee’s Ban on Discriminatory Abortions Take Effect

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6th Circuit Postpones Hearing on Antidiscrimination Law Until After SCOTUS Decision in Dobbs Case

Washington, D.C. – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) celebrated as the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a Tennessee law, signed by Governor Bill Lee, that prohibits discriminatory abortions based on sex, race or prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome to go into effect while litigation continues. The court further stated that it would wait to hear the case until after the U.S. Supreme Court issues a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. 

SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser responded:

“Abortions based on sex, race or disability diagnosis are a form of modern-day eugenics, permitted at any point in pregnancy – even right up to birth – in America thanks to the Supreme Court’s extreme precedents. The devastating toll of abortion on minority communities, people with Down syndrome, and thousands of missing baby girls is well documented. Tennessee’s landmark pro-life laws reflect the overwhelming consensus of Americans who oppose lethal discrimination against unborn children and want far greater limits on abortion than our national status quo allows.

“While we await a decision in the Dobbs late abortion case, which could restore the right of the people of every state and their elected representatives to protect the unborn and their mothers, we’re glad the 6th Circuit is allowing this law go into effect. We praise Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Assembly for their unwavering leadership in speaking up for unborn babies and their mothers.”

Last year the 6th Circuit upheld Ohio’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, signed into law in 2017. Previously in 2018, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a similar prohibition on discrimination abortion in Indiana.

The Supreme Court has said it will address whether all pre-viability abortion limits are unconstitutional in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The Court heard oral arguments in the case on December 1, 2021 and a decision is expected by the summer of 2022.

SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders. 




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