Nashville, Tenn. — one of the 25 largest cities in America — has lost its last remaining abortion provider. At least for now.
That seems like a pretty major story.
And indeed, The Tennessean has the basic details on today’s front page.
But the newspaper’s coverage of this stunning development seems overly low-key and matter-of-fact. Ho-hum, in other words.
This is the lede:
The only remaining abortion clinic in Nashville has ceased offering abortions, instead referring patients to clinics hundreds of miles away in Knoxville and Memphis.
Officials with Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, which operates the north Nashville clinic, could not say when the clinic would resume providing abortions. The organization has a shortage of abortion providers, a spokeswoman said.
It is also "undergoing a period of quality improvement and will return with these services soon," a statement said.
It is the second clinic in Nashville to stop providing abortions this year. The Women's Center closed in August after the sale of its building and its operators said then they hoped to reopen. The center has not yet reopened.
The suspension of abortion services at Nashville's only abortion clinic comes at a time when the number of abortion providers in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast continues to dwindle.
OK, but here’s my question as a reader: What in the world is going on here?