A new law implementing informed consent and a 48-hour waiting period before an abortion can be performed in Tennessee will take effect on July 1, according to a news release recently issued by State Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet).
Adopted by voters last fall as Amendment 1, the new law was sponsored by Beavers.
"For too long, Tennessee has been an abortion destination in which women and girls considering abortion have been denied full information regarding the age and development of their unborn children, potential health risks associated with the procedure and available resources to assist them during a difficult pregnancy," Beavers said. "As a result of passing Amendment 1, Tennesseans have spoken, and this new law implements their decision by restoring balance to this state's abortion policy.
"It was an honor to carry these bills and to stand up for the weak and defenseless in our state," she continued. "I am very pleased that this law will be implemented for the protection of women and the unborn."