Tennessee Lawmakers Renew Push For Anti-Abortion Measures. The Big Difference Is That Gov. Lee Is Behind It. Sergio Martínez-BeltránJanuary 23, 2020 Republicans in the Tennessee legislature have renewed their efforts to ban abortions in the state, and this time Gov. Bill Lee is behind it. The proposal, which is in early stages, also has multiple provisions designed to make it stand up in court.