Questions and Answers with Planned Parenthood of Tennessee CEO

It has been six months since the United States Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion. Planned Parenthood was the nation’s largest abortion provider and is still a lightning rod for conservative lawmakers who would prefer the healthcare provider to be permanently closed.

Ashley Coffield, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, sat down with The Commercial Appeal to discuss what the healthcare provider’s next steps are and how the days after the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision overturned Roe v Calf.

The Commercial Appeal: I was wondering if you could tell the readers a little bit about how the fight for abortion access continues from here? To this end, is there currently a central strategy for the work of TAPP (Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood)? How would you describe the priorities in the next 6, 12, 24 months?