- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - While the rest of the South slowly whittled away at abortion access, Tennessee’s clinics operated under less stringent restrictions.

That is about to change.

Voters on Tuesday approved altering the state constitution to make clear that it does not protect the right to an abortion - despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling establishing a nationwide right to abortion. Legislators are already talking about mandatory counselling and waiting periods to bring Tennessee in line with the eight surrounding states. The legislature meets again in January.

The amendment was approved by 53 percent of voters. It was was a slow motion response to a Tennessee Supreme Court ruling in 2000 that said abortion was protected by the state constitution.

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