Tennessee’s newest restriction on abortions saw two major — and opposing — developments Monday.
Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
“With the signature of this bill,” Lee said during the Facebook Live event, with a blue Sharpie in hand, “Tennessee is one of the most pro-life states in America.”
However, less than an hour later, a federal judge blocked the law from going into effect, citing the law placed “undue burden” on people seeking pre-viability abortions. The measure aims to prohibit abortions starting at around six weeks. That’s before most people know they’re pregnant, effectively blocking most abortions.