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Legislature OKs new restrictions on abortions


New regulations on abortions have won approval of the state Legislature.


The House approved the bill Friday on a 72-35 vote after it previously cleared the Senate. It now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.


Among the provisions is a requirement that private medical offices be licensed as freestanding surgical outpatient facilities and undergo annual state inspections if they perform at least 120 abortions a year.


The measure also deals with disposal of fetal remains and requires that a doctor perform a physical examination before prescribing drugs that would cause an abortion. It prohibits the use of telemedicine, or a web-based camera for that exam.


Numerous Democratic amendments were voted down, including a proposal that men have exams before receiving a vasectomy or erectile dysfunction medication.

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