A group of 20 attorneys general filed an amicus brief in a case challenging a Tennessee law that requires women to have two in-person appointments at least 48 hours apart before having an abortion, The Hill reported.
The attorneys generalfrom California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state and Washington, D.C.filed the brief in support of a group of Tennessee abortion providers.
In their filing, the coalition called on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to uphold a lower court ruling that found the law "provides no appreciable benefit" to women's health, as state officials have argued.
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said in a statement sent to Windy City Times that "Tennessee's attempt to restrict its residents' access to safe and legal abortion services is unconstitutional and compromises the health and well-being of women seeking medical care. Women have the right to make their own reproductive health decisions, and I am committed to defending that right."