Tennessee abortion waiting period lawsuit headed for trial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Opponents to a Tennessee law requiring women to wait 48 hours before undergoing the procedure argue that such restrictions help perpetuate outdated gender stereotypes.

The argument is part of a lengthy lawsuit challenging the legality of the waiting period rule, which passed by Tennessee’s GOP-controlled Statehouse in 2015.

The court case is scheduled to go to trial in late September.

Attorneys representing Planned Parenthood and other reproductive centers say the law illegally discriminates on the basis of sex.

Meanwhile, the state argues that the ban allows women to have enough time make a competent decision over whether to have an abortion. Attorney General Herbert Slatery III says it’s in the state’s interest to protect fetal life and waiting periods allow women “an opportunity” to make a different decision.

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