Despite legal challenges from those who believe it’s right to kill off unborn children, especially those that do not meet certain “standards,” a Tennessee law to protect the unborn will be allowed to kick in at least in part, CNN has reported.
The law banning abortions based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome – or on fetal race or gender – must be allowed to take effect at least in part, a federal appeals court ruled on Nov. 20.
The court was the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which lifted part of a lower court’s preliminary injunction that blocked the law from being enforced. This has allowed a portion of the law to take effect while the case continues to be litigated between the state and pro-abortion groups.
Signed into law by Gov. Bill Lee this summer, the legislation was among the so-called “heartbeat bans” passed by certain states blocking abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. This can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, and before a woman might even know if she is pregnant.
Challenges from pro-abortion groups have so far stopped the laws from taking effect in at least nine states, including Tennessee.
The Tennessee law also prohibits abortions if the doctor knows the patient wants to abort because of the child’s race, sex or a diagnosis of Down syndrome, which affects cognitive ability and delays development.
Violating the law would be a class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in jail and a $10,000 fine, maximum.