Raleigh, N.C. -- The North Carolina Senate has tentatively approved legislation that would require abortion clinics to meet new operating standards and require physicians be present when the procedure is performed.
The chamber voted 27-14 Tuesday night for the bill that also would prohibit gender-selective abortions.
A final Senate vote is scheduled for Wednesday. The House also would have to approve the measure. Gov. Pat McCrory said last fall he didn't want to sign additional abortion restrictions into law.
The new legislation would direct state regulators to change clinic rules so they're similar to those for ambulatory surgery centers -- a move Planned Parenthood says could shut down providers.
Senate Democrats criticized Republicans for bringing up the bill late on the day before a long July 4 weekend begins.