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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Tennessee governor signs bill strictly regulating drug abortion

Nashville, Tenn. ( Associated Press) — Tennessee will soon strictly regulate the distribution of abortion pills, including imposing harsh penalties on doctors who violate them, under legislation recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Bill Lee.

The measure, which Lee signed on Thursday, will take effect on January 1, 2023. Once enacted, a physician would be required to be physically present when a patient is administered abortion pills, even though federal regulations now allow mail delivery nationwide.

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The issue becomes even more important as the US Supreme Court sets out to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade, as suggested through a recently leaked draft opinion. Notably, Tennessee is one of 13 states with a so-called trigger law that would make abortion illegal should the cry be reversed.

To date, 19 states have imposed strict restrictions on access to drug abortion. Under the Tennessee version, delivery of abortion pills by mail would be illegal and anyone who wanted to use abortion pills would first have to go to the doctor and then come back to pick up the pills.

Medicines can only be given by qualified physicians – which would include prohibiting pharmacists from doing so. Violators will face a Class E felony and fines of up to $50,000.

However, according to abortion law experts, it remains an unresolved question whether states can restrict access to abortion pills in the wake of the FDA’s decision.

“The general rule is that federal law precludes conflicting state law,” Laura Hermer, a professor at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently told the Associated Press.

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No lawsuits have been filed to challenge Tennessee’s newly enacted restrictions.

Meanwhile, the requirement has long been individually opposed by medical societies, including the American Medical Association, which said the ban offers no clear benefit to patients.

The use of abortion pills in the US has been on the rise since 2000 when the Food and Drug Administration approved mifepristone — the main drug used in the drug abortion. More than half of American abortions are now performed with pills instead of surgery, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

Two drugs are required. The first, mifepristone, blocks a hormone needed to maintain pregnancy. Another medication, misoprostol, taken one to two days later, causes the uterus to empty. Both drugs are available as generics and are used to treat other conditions as well.

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