Nurses and doctors who treated Yocca told the TV station that she spoke about wanting to end the pregnancy while in the hospital.
Antiabortion activists say that Tennessee’s laws protect unborn children and their mothers. But critics argue that such laws make it harder for women to access legal abortions and more likely to turn to unsafe, illegal alternatives.
Tennessee has relatively tight restrictions on abortions, including a ban on all such procedures after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Women must make two trips to a clinic, 48 hours apart, before they can undergo the procedure. As of 2010, 59 percent of Tennessee women lived in a county without an abortion provider, according to the National Women’s Law Center.
What happens when you take away women’s choices and leave them with few options for unwanted pregnancy?
What happens when state laws make it nearly impossible for a woman to exercise her federal right to choose?
What happens when women have unwanted pregnancies, give birth and are unable to provide for the children? Do we only care about the child when it is in the womb?