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Restrictions for Tennessee's 7 abortion clinics head to gov.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that would place licensing restrictions on all seven of Tennessee's abortion clinics is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The House approved the measure 79-17 Tuesday. The Senate passed it 28-4 last week.

Under the legislation, facilities or physician offices would have to be licensed as ambulatory surgical treatment centers if they perform more than 50 abortions in a year.

There are three abortion clinics in East Tennessee, and two each in Middle and West Tennessee.

Also Tuesday, the House voted 79-18 for a proposal that would require a 48-hour waiting period before an abortion. The Senate passed the measure 27-5.

An amendment was added to the House version, so it now goes back to the Senate for concurrence before going to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.