A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Tennessee may enact its law making abortions for reasons of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, race, or gender illegal.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled the state’s abortion “reason bans,” which the legislature passed in June as part of sweeping pro-life measures that included a fetal heartbeat bill, may take effect while abortion rights lobbying groups continue to challenge the overall law in court.
Gov. Bill Lee (R) backed the measure, tweeting after it passed the legislature:
We have passed the strongest pro-life law in our state’s history and I am grateful to @ltgovmcnally, @CSexton25, @SenJohnson, @WilliamLamberth and members of our General Assembly for making the heartbeat bill law.
— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) June 19, 2020
The complex bill contained a ladder of abortion bans at two-week gestational age intervals, along with severability clauses for