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Tennessee bans transporting minors for abortion

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(The Center Square) – A new misdemeanor of trafficking a minor for abortion will begin July 1 in Tennessee.

Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill Tuesday to create the offense, which is aimed at protecting parental rights while preventing other adults from assisting a minor in circumventing Tennessee law in obtaining an abortion, Sen. Paul Rose, R-Covington, told the full Senate during discussion.

The law exempts common carriers transporting passengers during regular service – such as by bus, train or airplane – and also exempts ambulance drivers.

The offense would be called abortion trafficking and can only be avoided with signed and notarized parental consent.

A Tennessee trigger law passed in 2019 went into effect 30 days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade.