Gov. Haslam OKs mandatory 48-hour waiting period for abortion in Tennessee

Gov. Haslam OKs mandatory 48-hour waiting period for abortion in Tennessee

May 18th, 2015 by Associated Press in Local Regional News

Gov. Bill Haslam speaks during the 37th annual Chattanooga Area Leadership Prayer Breakfast at the Chattanooga Convention Center in this file photo.

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE -- Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law creating a mandatory waiting period before getting an abortion in Tennessee.

Under the new law signed Monday, women would need to wait at least 48 hours before undergoing the procedure.

The House approved the measure on a 79-18 vote, while the Senate passed its version 24-2.

The governor previously signed into law another bill that requires facilities or physician offices to be licensed as ambulatory surgical treatment centers if they perform more than 50 abortions in a year.

The legislation came after voters in November approved a constitutional amendment giving state lawmakers more power to regulate abortions. The ballot measure overturned a 2000 Supreme Court ruling that had thrown out laws imposing similar restrictions.