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A federal judge will hear opening statements Monday in a lawsuit challenging Tennessee's 48-hour waiting period before abortions.
Five of the state's seven abortion clinics are suing over the law, claiming it violates the U.S. Constitution. They will try to prove in federal court in Nashville that it places an undue burden on women seeking abortions.
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Tennessee is one of 14 states with laws requiring women to make two trips to an abortion clinic, first for mandatory counseling and then for the abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.
Attorneys for the state plan to argue the waiting period benefits women by allowing them time to reflect on their decisions. Some women chose never to go back for the second appointment, they argue in court filings.
The clinics will try to show...
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