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TRAP Law Forces Tennessee Clinic To Close

TRAP Law Forces Tennessee Clinic To Close

TRAP regulations are designed to do one thing and one thing only: drive abortion clinics out of business. And in Tennessee, they’ve succeeded.

The Tennessee’s women’s health clinic Volunteer Women’s Medical Clinic in Knoxville will close after 38 years thanks to a new law that requires doctors who provide abortions to be both board-certified OB-GYNs and have hospital admitting privileges. A similar bill almost closed the only abortion clinic in Mississippi earlier this year.

The clinic managed to have one of its doctors receive the appropriate credentials, but he died shortly afterwards. The clinic is challenging the law in court but for the time being does not have a doctor associated with the clinic that can meet the laws latest requirements.

In her goodbye letter, clinic owner Deb Walsh recounts the stories of the lives the clinic has served. These stories are not glamorous and Walsh doesn’t try to sugar-coat them, which is a testament to the kind of non-judgmental treatment these women could expect from their providers.

Sadly, for the women of Tennessee they now have one fewer option in accessing reproductive health care. Of course the need to access abortion services has not and will not change, which means life just got more dangerous for women in Tennessee.

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6:12PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

Does anyone ever notice how the states that offer fewer choices for girls and women (including no sex education in schools in favor of abstinence only curriculums, limiting access to contraception, and trying to to away with clinics that offer abortions) have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases/infections and unwanted pregnancies? It's funny how that works.

8:07PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

One reason I support Roe vs Wade is that it's federal, not state-conceived. All American citizens should have the same rights. It shouldn't matter if you live in a civilized state or one of the backward ones, like TN or TX, where I live. Your health care and rights shouldn't depend on where you live.

9:08AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

If there are any real women in the gop stand up and be counted ---- I can`t here you ---- I can`t here you !!!

9:04AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

This is so wrong !

3:38AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

teach children RESPECT towards women, do you know how?.... treat the woman in YOUR life with respect....easy, ... because monkey see, monkey do.... REAL men always shows respect towards women, my dad taught me that, THANKS dad!

12:48AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

This is BS!!!!! If men had babies birth control would be a sacrament and there would be free abortion clinics on every block.

9:29PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Sadly noted ~ the neanderthals score another victory against women.

2:46PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Old saying: If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.

4:36AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Sta reci,treba uticati na one koji donose te zakone.

4:32AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

sorry to point out the bleeding obvious, but I can think of no way whatsoever having doctors with clearance to work in hospitals makes anything safer. What anti-abortion people need to accept is that abortion might be the wrong choice for some, but for many it's the correct choice. I often wonder just how many of those anti-abortion people are women who had abortions for the wrong reasons and lived to regret it. So it's all fine and dandy for them to be able to live their lives fine and well and do what they want and at the same time condemn other women to imprisonment or dangerous illegal abortions? Sadly, many women who fall pregnant and who seek abortions come from strongly religious families and can't face telling them and going through the shame of being pregnant or be made outcasts and derided as being "dirty" or admitting they dared to open their legs. go religion :(

and it's all about the babies, right? well do explain why it is that before abortions were available infanticide numbers were through the roof. Abandoned babies were through the roof. In my country the vast, overwhelming majority of abortions and unwanted pregnancies are not from teenagers. They are most often women over 35 who have other children, married and financially stable. That's what detailed, comprehensive sex education can achieve with easy to access cheap contraception. No, it's not 100%, but it's a lot better than "abstinence" and a town/city where even buying condoms can be taboo.

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