Abortion becomes illegal in Tennessee on Aug. 25; here's what the law says.

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / The march moves south on the Walnut Street Bridge. The first "March for Life" in Chattanooga, a rally against abortion by Greater Chattanooga Right to Life, was held on Jan. 22, 2022. The route was from Coolidge Park across the Walnut Street Bridge to the Market Street Bridge and ending at Coolidge Park.


Abortion will become illegal in Tennessee when the state's "trigger law" goes into effect Aug. 25. While there are many unknowns about how prosecutors will enforce the law, attorneys and physicians say it's important for providers and patients to know what the statute does and does not protect.

Tennessee law defines abortion as "the use of any instrument, medicine, drug or any other substance or device with intent to terminate the pregnancy of a woman known to be pregnant with intent other than to increase the probability of a live birth, to preserve the life or health of the child after live birth or to remove a dead fetus."

The law defines pregnancy as "the human female reproductive condition of having a living unborn child within her body from fertilization until birth."

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