Fear, confusion, anxiety, stress: Tennessee doctors describe care under abortion ban

They worry about what consequences they may face for providing essential care.

By Nadine El-Bawab
September 16, 2022

Weeks after a trigger ban criminalizing providing abortions went into effect in Tennessee, doctors told ABC News the ban created fear, confusion, anxiety and stress among patients and providers.

Physicians from different parts of the state are pushing back against claims made by lawmakers, including Gov. Bill Lee, who say the ban allows exceptions for pregnancies that threaten a woman's life or could cause serious bodily injury, saying this is not the case. Under the law, performing or attempting to perform an abortion is a Class C felony.


Lawyer’s mission: Translate Tenn.’s bewildering abortion ban

Chloe Akers considers herself a grizzled criminal defense attorney

By CLAIRE GALOFARO, AP National Writer
September 4, 2022

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Chloe Akers considers herself a grizzled criminal defense attorney. Until a few months ago, she didn’t spend much time thinking about abortion — for all her 39 years, abortion was not a crime, so she’d never imagined having to defend someone accused of performing one.

That changed in June, when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Akers sat down in her law office and pulled up Tennessee’s new criminal abortion statute.

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