Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday unveiled plans to send state money to anti-abortion centers as he declared the state had a “moral obligation” to support families.
Lee, a Republican, said he wants to create a $100 million grant program for nonprofits commonly known as “crisis pregnancy centers.” If approved, Tennessee would become one of the top spending states on such organizations known for discouraging people from getting an abortion.
The governor made the announcement during his annual State of the State address on Monday.
The speech outlined his top priorities over the upcoming months, ranging from spending an additional $125 million on teacher pay raises, improving the state’s transportation system and efforts to clean up toxic waste on industrial sites.