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Tenn. senator says vasectomy 'more stringent' than abortion

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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.