(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced on Friday that he intends to sign into law the Heartbeat Bill, a piece of legislation that bans abortions if a heartbeat can be detected in the fetus. A heartbeat can typically be detected in a fetus after around six weeks, making the legislation a ban on late abortions and giving people a small window to seek an abortion if they feel the pregnancy isn’t right for them.
It is a huge win for pro-life campaigners who have for many years campaigned against the murder of children in the womb.
The legislation was passed by Tennessee lawmakers on Thursday night, with the support of Governor Lee.
On social media, Governor Lee said he had “passed the strongest pro-life law in our state’s history” and thanked members of his administration and lawmakers for making it happen.
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
“One Of the most important things we can do to be pro-family is to protect the rights of the most vulnerable in our state, and there is none more vulnerable than the unborn,” Governor Lee said.
Lee told the media that the legislation had been “enhanced” since it was first introduced in 2019 and that he thinks it will be more likely to succeed when it inevitably goes through the courts. Despite being passed and signed by the governor, it will likely move on to being examined for its legality by the courts after being challenged by left-wing pro-choice advocates.
As well as banning abortions in Tennessee at a time when a heartbeat can be detected, the bill will also require all abortion providers to perform an ultrasound before moving ahead with the procedure to ensure that there is no heartbeat. Abortions that are “motivated by sex, race or disability diagnosis” will also be banned under the legislation.