Eleonora_os / Getty ImagesA baby with Down syndrome is seen in this stock image. (Eleonora_os / Getty Images)
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Tennessee can begin outlawing abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome or if they’re based on the race or gender of the unborn baby.
Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee enacted the so-called “reason bans” earlier this year as part of a sweeping pro-life measure.
The law banned abortion as early as six weeks, making it one of the most stringent in the country.
The law was blocked by a lower federal court just hours after Lee signed it into law.
However, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision will allow the state to enforce the bans while pro-abortion groups continue their court battle against the law.
The plaintiffs, which include Tennessee abortion