Tenn. senator says vasectomy 'more stringent' than abortion
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator says a vasectomy is a "more stringent" medical procedure than an abortion.
Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga made the comment Tuesday while speaking in favor of a measure that would require a 48-hour waiting period for an abortion during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which passed the legislation on a 7-2 vote.
The measure would also require the woman to sign a form indicating she has been informed of the details of her pregnancy and the risks of an abortion.
During committee debate, Democratic Sen. Sara Kyle of Memphis said men seeking a vasectomy should have to adhere to the same standards.
Gardenhire responded that he believes a vasectomy is "a lot more stringent process" than that of a woman having an abortion.