Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said Thursday that there are no plans to introduce abortion laws similar to those that recently took effect in Texas, adding that his office is waiting for the court’s decision on the abortion ban he signed last year.
The Texas law took effect after the Supreme Court rejected an emergency request from abortion providers to block the law with a 5-4 ruling. Once the fetal heartbeat is detected (which usually occurs within six weeks of pregnancy), the measure effectively bans almost all abortions.
Last year, Lee signed one of the strictest abortion bans in the country, but the Federal Court immediately blocked the ban from being implemented. Thereafter, the governor vowed to defend this authorization “in court at all costs.”
exist Comments to reporters, Lee said he plans to wait for a court ruling on the abortion ban passed by Tennessee.
“I haven’t read Texas law. So I can’t really talk about the specific nuances of that piece of legislation. I can only talk about what we are doing here,” said Republican Lee.
Li said that his office “has no plans to advance what we are currently waiting for. This is a court ruling on our existing legislation.”
Li added that he wants to “protect the unborn in any way we can see” in his state.
Tennessee is awaiting a ruling on a similar legislation passed in 2020 that also prohibits abortion after hearing a fetal heartbeat.
Earlier this year, Tennessee Federal Judge William Campbell issued an injunction against the measure and argued that “maintaining the status quo will not harm the public interest.”
Texas law allows ordinary citizens (except individuals who have made a woman pregnant through rape or incest) to sue doctors who perform abortions after they can detect the heartbeat of the fetus.
“The applicant before us now has serious questions about the constitutionality of the Texas law in question,” the Supreme Court majority wrote in an opinion earlier this week. “But their application also raised complicated and novel advance procedures issues, and they did not take on these issues.”
Some pro-life organizations such as the Texas Life League praised the Supreme Court’s decision, while pro-abortion organizations condemned the move.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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