NASHVILLE - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law that bans abortions after 20 weeks if the fetus is determined to be viable by doctors.
In a signing statement, Haslam continued to insist the new law is not a "20-week abortion ban," although critics charge it largely is with some exceptions.
The American Civil Liberties Union-Tennessee had urged Haslam to veto the bill that lawmakers passed during their just-completed session.
The ban won't apply in medical emergencies where the mother faces risks of death or serious damage to a major bodily function.