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Tennessee governor signs, court blocks, 6-week abortion ban

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed into law a past 6-week abortion ban and a federal judge quickly blocked it.
This Jan. 8, 2020, photo shows the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
This Jan. 8, 2020, photo shows the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)(WVLT)
Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 1:52 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2020 at 7:40 PM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/ WVLT) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed into law a past 6-week abortion ban and a federal judge quickly blocked it.

Gov. Lee’s action Monday triggered quick action by a federal judge, who opted to wait for the bill to become law to rule on whether to block it.

The law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected - about six weeks into pregnancy. Similar legislation has been enacted in other states, such as Mississippi and Georgia, but has been blocked by legal challenges.

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