Bristol Regional Women’s Center has been providing abortions in Bristol, Tennessee, for years. Now that the procedure will soon be mostly illegal in the state, it had an idea: help open a clinic a mile across town ― and the state line ― in Bristol, Virginia, where abortion remains legal. (SAM WHITEHEAD / KHN)

Bristol, Virginia city council moves to ban new abortion clinics

BY: - October 27, 2022

Elected leaders in Bristol, Virginia are pushing forward a zoning law that would prohibit new abortion clinics within city limits, part of a local backlash against a Tennessee clinic that made the short move across state lines once Roe v. Wade was overturned.  The five-member Bristol Virginia City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted in favor […]

U.S. Rep. Mark Green, R-Tennessee, is one of hundreds of congresspeople permanently banned from Russia. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Stockard on the Stump: Republican Congressman questions Tennessee’s abortion ban

BY: - October 21, 2022

Hammered by emergency room physicians about the state’s new abortion restrictions, Congressman Mark Green says the Legislature needs to “clarify” the law’s language to allow doctors to perform surgeries on ectopic pregnancies and similar problems without the threat of arrest. Those are pretty shocking words just months after the Legislature banned abortions of all kinds. […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: People protest in response to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Court's decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health overturns the landmark 50-year-old Roe v Wade case and erases a federal right to an abortion. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Biden vows codifying Roe v. Wade will top his agenda if Democrats expand control

BY: - October 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday promised that if Democrats keep control of the U.S. House and gain a few more Democratic seats in the Senate, then “the first bill that I will send to Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade.”  He also told supporters at a Democratic National Committee event that […]

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Tennessee creates program to help families affected by opioid addiction

BY: - October 11, 2022

Tennessee families will soon receive state-funded assistance to battle addiction and keep children out of foster care. On Monday, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse announced a 5-year, $3 million program designed to help families and children affected by opioids and other substance abuse by addressing addiction, improving permanency and enhancing the […]

Dr. Amy Gordon Bono, a primary care physician, speaking outside the Tennessee Capitol on Wednesday about the state's "trigger law" that bans abortions. The law took effect at midnight. (Photo: John Partipilo)

In open letter, 700 Tennessee healthcare providers call on Legislature to ‘reconsider’ abortion ban

BY: - October 10, 2022

More than 700 Tennessee doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are calling on the state’s GOP-super majority Legislature to revisit an abortion ban that criminalizes the procedure with no exceptions and subjects doctors who perform it to prosecution, fines and jail time. In an open letter to the legislature, published in a full page ad […]

Vanderbilt University Medical Center. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Vanderbilt pauses gender affirmation surgeries on minors, says genital surgeries not performed

BY: - October 7, 2022

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is temporarily halting gender affirming surgeries on patients under the age of 18 while it reviews new national recommendations on the treatment of transgender patients, the hospital’s deputy CEO and chief health system officer said in a letter to Tennessee Rep. Jason Zachary on Friday. Until now, the hospital’s Transgender Health […]

Hope Clinic in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Crisis pregnancy centers steer women away from abortion

BY: - October 4, 2022

 When Cherisse Scott learned of her pregnancy, her partner had terminated their relationship, leaving money for an abortion as his parting gift.  In a telephone directory, Scott searched for an abortion clinic. ‘If you need an abortion, call us,’  an ad said. She booked an appointment, but when she arrived at the facility, the building […]

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Tennessee officials seek to expand care for children’s mental health needs

BY: - October 3, 2022

More than 1,600 children arrived at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s emergency room last year experiencing a mental health crisis, mirroring a nationwide trend that has tracked a 60% overall increase in kids coming to hospital ERs for help. “Part of what we’ve been trying to figure out is how do we get to children as […]

Vanderbilt University Medical Center. (Photo: John Partipilo)

House Republicans call on Vanderbilt hospital to stop transgender surgeries on minors

BY: - September 29, 2022

Tennessee House Republicans sent a letter Wednesday to Vanderbilt hospital urging it to immediately stop gender transitioning surgeries on minors. Sixty-two members of the House Republican Caucus signed the request in the wake of social media videos purportedly showing a physician calling the surgeries a “huge money maker” because of the number of follow-up visits […]

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Walgreens ignored warnings about overprescribing opioids, Tennessee suit shows

BY: - September 28, 2022

When every pharmacy in Southwest Tennessee refused to fill prescriptions from a McMinnville doctor under probe by federal authorities for peddling opioids to street dealers and addicts, Walgreens barred its pharmacists from rejecting them, records contained in a lawsuit reveal. When Walgreens learned a Dayton, Tenn., prescriber was shelling out opioids and other dangerous drugs […]

Members of Congress participating in a July 19 abortion rights protest between Capitol Hill and the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo: Jennifer Shutt)

Republicans in Congress say they’d keep federal abortion funding in cases of rape, incest

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON —  A nearly 50-year-old federal law backed by Republicans allows the use of federal dollars for abortions in cases of rape, incest or the life of the pregnant person. That so-called Hyde Amendment, which is folded into spending bills, is less stringent than new or planned abortion bans in some GOP-led states, where governors […]

The Vasco A. Smith Jr. Administration Building, where Shelby County Commissioners meet downtown Memphis, Tennessee (© Karen Pulfer Focht)

Shelby County Commission funds midwife program

BY: - September 27, 2022

The Shelby County Commission is taking steps to improve maternal mortality rates following Tennessee’s abortion ban — a move that is likely to increase the number of births in the state. On Monday, Shelby County commissioners voted in favor of awarding $201,800 to CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health, an organization that provides a birth […]