Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health Cancels Abortion Appointments Amid Supreme Court Ruling
Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – The Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health is canceling all future abortion appointments following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a landmark abortion case Roe vs. Wade.
Health officials said they made the decision to halt the procedures while they review the legality of abortion in Tennessee.
The ruling does not immediately make abortions illegal in Tennessee, however, the state has a “trigger law” that will automatically go into effect 30 days after the ruling. As written, the law will effectively prohibit abortion for anyone, including those who are victims of rape or incest.
The ban on abortions can have major consequences on the health of women who experience abnormal pregnancies. WVLT News spoke to a doctor about the issue, and she said Tennessee’s trigger law could mean people can’t get the care they need, even in situations that threaten those who are pregnant.
“We’ve seen cases of women dying because care was delayed because a doctor thought they couldn’t intervene,” Dr. Nikki Zite told WVLT News.
Those who need follow-up appointments with KCRH are still welcome as planned, officials said.
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