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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ERIKA SOMLAI8 months ago


Thomas P.
Thomas P.4 years ago

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.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle4 years ago

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.

Ken W.
Ken W.4 years ago

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

Ken W.
Ken W.4 years ago

This is so wrong !

Frans Badenhorst
Frans Badenhorst4 years ago

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!

Charli S.
Charlotte S.4 years ago

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

Beverly Morgan

Sadly noted ~ the neanderthals score another victory against women.

Juliet Defarge
judith sanders4 years ago

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

Ajla C.
Past Member 4 years ago

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