Because the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional abortion regulations similar to those enacted by Tennessee’s Legislature, the state’s attorney general, Herbert Slatery, announced this week that the state would not enforce its laws. The one law, enacted in 2012, required doctors performing abortions in Tennessee to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital. The other law, enacted in 2014, required abortion clinics providing 50 or more surgical abortions annually to meet the health and safety requirements of ambulatory surgical care centers.
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