Governor Lee signs bill banning mailing of abortion pills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) — As the country awaits a Supreme Court ruling on Roe V. Wade, Tennessee has passed another restriction on abortions.

Late Thursday afternoon, Governor Bill Lee signed a new law, making the penalty for delivering abortion pills through the mail punishable by a fine of up to $50,000.

In 2021, the FDA approved abortion pills by mail and telehealth consultations to obtain them. Tennessee’s new law requires a physician to dispense the drug to the patient. Telehealth consultations for medical abortions were already illegal in Tennessee.

According to the law (HB 2416), “A manufacturer, supplier, pharmacy, physician, qualified physician, or other persons may not supply abortion-inducing medicine by courier, delivery, or postal service.”

Governor Lee on Thursday passed a new law adding restrictions on abortions in Tennessee

The law requires all hospitals or other facilities that provide abortion drugs to report every chemical abortion performed on prescribed forms and that the physician who provided the drug report if the patient experiences an adverse event.

If Roe V. Wade were to cancel, abortion drugs would be illegal in Tennessee.

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