Senate committee passes abortion resolution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee lawmakers began the first day of the session Tuesday with a renewed effort to change the state's constitutional stance on abortion.

The majority-Republican Senate Judiciary Committee approved a resolution that would nullify a 2000 ruling by the state Supreme Court that the Tennessee Constitution offered greater protection of abortion rights than the U.S. Constitution.

It would say that "nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion."

The Senate last adopted the resolution in 2006, but it has repeatedly failed in a House subcommittee.

Sen. Diane Black, a Gallatin Republican and a main sponsor of the proposal, said the proposal would allow the state to restore laws that require a 48-hour waiting period before abortions, detailed disclosure about the abortion process and that all but first-term abortions be performed in hospitals.

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