Senate OKs new restrictions on abortion doctors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal that puts new restrictions on doctors who perform abortions is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was approved 27-5 in the Senate on Tuesday. The companion bill passed the House 72-24 last month.

The legislation would require physicians performing abortions to hold hospital privileges in either the home or adjacent county of the woman seeking an abortion.

Opponents questioned why abortion doctors were being singled out when other procedures performed at surgical centers don't have to meet such requirements.

Beavers' responded that medical procedures don't always go as planned and that such problems require the resources of a hospital for the patient to receive the best care.

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