Abortion resolution passes Senate again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A resolution that would change the state's constitution to allow more limits on abortion has again passed the Senate but still may face challenges in the lower chamber.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Diane Black, a Gallatin Republican, passed 23-9 on Wednesday. It has passed the Senate before, but repeatedly failed in a subcommittee of the Democratic-controlled House.

The measure seeks to nullify a state Supreme Court ruling that the Tennessee Constitution offers greater protection for abortion rights than the U.S. Constitution.

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

However, an amendment added to the resolution would allow lawmakers to change statutes regarding abortion in cases of rape, incest or the mother's safety.

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