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Tennessee Can Enforce Ban on Down Syndrome Abortions

HeadlineNov 23, 2020

In reproductive rights news, a federal appeals court ruled Tennessee can deny abortions based on a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis, or the race or sex of a fetus. The ruling Friday partially lifted a preliminary injunction on a law that essentially bars abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected — something that typically happens just six weeks into a pregnancy and before many people realize they’re pregnant. Reproductive rights groups have denounced the law as unconstitutional.

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