Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee promised Tuesday to do “whatever it takes” to defend unborn babies from a lawsuit filed by several prominent pro-abortion groups.
On Monday, the pro-life Republican signed a broad pro-life law to protect unborn babies from abortions once their heartbeats are detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. However, a judge blocked the law just 45 minutes later after Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued.
Responding to the lawsuit, Lee said he is committed to defending the law in court, the AP reports.
“It’s very important that we defend and protect the lives of every Tennessean, one portion of the most vulnerable being the unborn,” he said Tuesday during a press conference. “That’s why we would make that decision to defend it.”
In answer to a question about legal costs, Lee said they will defend the pro-life law “whatever it takes in court,” according to the report.
Pro-abortion groups were overly anxious to stop Tennessee from saving unborn babies’ lives. They filed the lawsuit in June while the legislation was still a bill, and a judge initially told the groups that their challenge was premature, according to WBIR.
After Lee signed the law, however, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state from enforcing it.