On June 19, 2020, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted into law Senate Bill 2196/House Bill 2263, and it was signed into law by Governor Lee on July 13th.
The law was directed at abortion in two ways. First, it was directed at abortions performed by physicians at certain points during the unborn child’s gestation period. Second, it was directed at abortions performed for certain reasons, regardless of the unborn child’s gestational age.
The day the law went into effect, federal District Court Judge William (Chip) Campbell issued an order temporarily prohibiting the state from enforcing either part of the law. Not long thereafter, the temporary prohibition on enforcement was extended. It prohibited enforcement of either part of the law until a full trial on the constitutionality of the law could be had.
The state appealed the federal court’s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Since then the appellate court has ruled once, and the District Court has ruled twice more. A third decision by the District Court is expected.
In these videos, David explains the law, what issues were decided and why, and what is still left to be decided.