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Waiting-period abortion bill passes Senate

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that would require a 48-hour waiting period before an abortion has overwhelmingly passed the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was approved 27-5 on Wednesday. The companion bill is awaiting a vote on the House floor.

The legislation is an effort to restore abortion laws that were struck down by a state Supreme Court decision in 2000.

In that ruling, the state Supreme Court threw out the waiting period, along with requirements that clinics provide detailed information about the procedure and that all but first-term abortions be performed in hospitals.

Under Beavers' proposal, a woman would also be informed of the risks of pregnancy or having an abortion, and be required to sign a consent form.

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