NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A lawsuit has been filed in federal court over two abortion laws scheduled to take effect Wednesday.
The lawsuit asks a judge to block a law requiring surgical abortion providers to be regulated as ambulatory surgical treatment centers. The suit also seeks to block a law requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo a 48-hour waiting period after receiving in-person counseling by a physician.
The Tennessean reports the lawsuit was filed Thursday by CHOICES, the Memphis Center for Reproductive Health, Adams & Boyle P.C., which operates the Bristol Regional Women's Center in Bristol and The Women's Center in Nashville, and Dr. Wesley Adams Jr., an obstetrician-gynecologist who provides abortions at the Nashville and Bristol clinics.
The lawsuit also challenges a 2012 law that requires doctors performing abortions to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital.