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Gov. Bill Lee says he will “continue to fight for the unborn”

Gov. Lee said he hopes Tennessee “becomes the most pro-family state in the country.”
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, right, answers questions concerning the state's response to the...
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, right, answers questions concerning the state's response to the coronavirus Monday, March 16, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Lee has asked all schools in Tennessee to close by the end of the week due to coronavirus spreading across the state. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)(WVLT)
Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 1:24 PM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Governor Bill Lee thanked lawmakers for passing the heartbeat bill during a press conference on Tuesday.

Gov. Lee said he hopes Tennessee “becomes the most pro-family state in the country.”

Tennessee lawmakers advanced the anti-abortion bill on June 19 just after midnight. The bill includes some of the strictest restrictions in the country.

Under the bill, abortions would be banned once a fetal heartbeat is detected - about six weeks into pregnancy. Similar legislation has been enacted in other states, including Mississippi and Georgia. The bill requires a woman looking to have an abortion to undergo an ultrasound and have the doctor describe and display the image to her. The bill also states that doctors are required to inform women that drug-induced abortions may be halted halfway.

During the Tuesday press conference, Lee said he “will continue to fight for the unborn.”

On June 19, Lee pledged to sign the bill, which was introduced on his behalf.

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