Tennessee becomes the second state to ban the abortion trade of minors

Tennessee is now the second state in the country to ban the abortion business of minors, which is a welcome development.

Abortion trafficking occurs when an adult helps a minor obtain an abortion without her parents’ consent.

This will follow since August 2022 Roe’s After this reversal, Tennessee’s trigger law went into effect, which protected newborn babies from abortion from the moment of conception.

This pro-life law allows exceptions, including to save the life of the mother and “to prevent a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of an important bodily function of the pregnant woman.”

Despite the illegality, abortion rights groups exist within the state and across the country to provide assistance to Tennessee women and minor girls in obtaining abortions in other states.

On their website, Planned Parenthood tells teens, “If you live in a state where abortion is illegal, you may have to go to another state to get an abortion.” Planned Parenthood then offers to help “make an appointment and pay for travel or other expenses.”

This new abortion trafficking law, SB 1971, makes it illegal for adults to recruit, harbor, or transport a minor into the state to obtain an abortion, provide him with abortion pills, or assist him in obtaining an abortion out of state.

The penalty for abortion trafficking is a Class A misdemeanor, requiring 11 months and 29 days in jail.

The measure passed in the Senate by a vote of 26 to 3 and in the State House by a vote of 74 to 24.

The impact of this new law could save more than 500 babies per year.

Documents filed by the Tennessee General Assembly Fiscal Review Committee show that “between 2019 and 2020, there were an average of 507 abortions per year in Tennessee among residents under the age of 18.”

Supporters of the new law say this measure is about protecting minors.

Statistics on abortion and human tracking show that there is a worrying link between the two.

A Loyola University article on the effects of sex trafficking noted that of more than 100 women who survived sex trafficking, 66 women reported having had 114 abortions. More than 70% of women who reported being pregnant said this happened while they were being trafficked. Nearly 30% said they had had more than one abortion.

In a report on the state of abortion in America, Heartbeat International cites data from the Charlotte Lozier Institute showing that as many as one in four abortions are forced or unwanted by the woman. These organizations claim that easy access to the abortion pill allows abusers to take advantage of women. They say these pills are forced on women without their consent.

Supporters of the new law also say it is necessary to preserve parental rights. They argue that abortion rights groups are trying to usurp the authority that parents rightly have to direct the medical treatment of their minor child.

Opponents plan to file a lawsuit against the measure before it goes into effect on July 1, 2024.

Last year, Idaho became the first state in the country to ban the abortion trade. Abortion activists immediately challenged the law, and it is now blocked until the case can be fully litigated.

Let’s pray that more states, like Idaho and Tennessee, have the courage to protect women and girls from the harms of abortion trafficking.

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