Tennessee governor signs, court blocks 6-week abortion ban

Jul 14, 2020

Gov. Bill Lee signs the "heart beat" abortion bill in July, 2020.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed one of the strictest abortion bans in the country and a federal judge quickly blocked the measure that includes a ban as early as six weeks into the pregnancy.


The Republican governor's action Monday triggered quick action by a federal judge, who opted to wait for the bill to become law to rule on whether to block its bans.


The law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected — about six weeks into pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant.


Similar legislation has been enacted in other states but have been blocked by legal challenges.