Tennessee laws to restrict abortion expected to take effect following U.S. Supreme Court ruling

NASHVILLE - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Friday to overturn abortion rights will have far-reaching consequences in Tennessee and Georgia as both states have in place laws to restrict the procedure in the event of such a ruling.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, a Republican, said he is moving quickly on multiple legal fronts to reinstate various abortion laws and provisions that have been held up in courts under prior Supreme Court decisions of Roe, decided in 1973, and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Among his actions is notifying the Tennessee Code Commission in writing that Roe and Casey have been overruled, which Slatery said will enable the state to begin acting on laws it already has on the books.

Slatery said he is also asking the full U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift immediately a federal district court's injunction on Tennessee's 2020 "fetal heartbeat" law and allow it to go into effect.