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McCrory to sign abortion bill

Posted June 3, 2015

— Gov. Pat McCrory will sign a bill into law that extends the waiting period for women seeking abortions from 24 to 72 hours.

McCrory made the announcement hours after the House gave final approval to the measure.

"Working with House and Senate members, we ensured that contact, including a simple phone call, would start a reasonable process that protects women’s health, and we also more clearly and rationally defined medical training and qualifications to ensure there will be no further restrictions on access," McCrory said in a statement. "In addition, there are other provisions that protect children in the bill, something my administration sought."

McCrory said during his 2012 gubernatorial campaign that he wouldn't support new restrictions on access to abortions, and the American Civil Liberties Union reminded the governor of his campaign promise in calling for a veto.

"A woman is more than capable of taking the time she needs to make her own personal medical decisions without the government forcing her to endure an unnecessary and potentially harmful delay,” Sarah Preston, acting executive director of the ACLU of North Carolina, said in a statement.

The North Carolina Values Coalition called the legislation a "major victory for women and children."

The House initially approved the abortion measure in April. It also requires doctors who perform an abortion when the fetus is more than 16 weeks old to transmit ultrasounds to the Department of Health and Human Services in Raleigh so state officials could determine whether anyone was violating the ban on abortion following 20 weeks.

However, the Senate combined the bill, now titled the Women and Children's Protection Act, with several criminal law provisions, such as cracking down on sex offenders who commit crimes in other states and then move to North Carolina and making it easier for women to seek legal protection from domestic violence.

Rep. Mickey Michaux, D-Durham, used a parliamentary maneuver to try to sever the non-abortion portions from the bill and allow the House to take two votes, but members defeated that effort 47-68.

After the vote, House Speaker Tim Moore said it never should have taken place because a concurrence motion is limited to a single up or down vote.

Democrats called the bill condescending to women and said the longer waiting period would hurt most the women who can afford it least by requiring two visits with a physician.

"Women do not need the legislature of North Carolina dictating to them how to care for their bodies or seek out reproductive care," said Rep. Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe.

"It takes real cheek by the (Republican) majority to assure us that what's going on here at all has anything to do with a woman's health," said Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland. "On this House floor, we love the unborn child, but as for the living mother and the child she may be forced to bear, that's a horse of a different constitutional color."

The final vote on the bill was 71-43.

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  • Chris Holder Jun 5, 2015
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    Please.

    Get back to me when it gets to the point that you can only buy a gun in a few places in the state, which will never be the case (and yet that is becoming the case with abortions in many states).

    Get back to me when it gets to the point where the mouthpiece of American gun owners (the NRA) advocates for anything besides unrestricted and unlimited access to, and unlimited open-carry of, weapons and ammunition, which is all they seem to say these days (most supporters of abortion rights accept certain rules and regulations on abortion services).

    So let's see -- someone says you're not fit to own a gun or shouldn't own THAT kind of gun or shouldn't own THAT much ammunition, you might be upset but life goes on...someone says you can't have a safe abortion, so you meet some one in a filthy room somewhere with a coathanger and some drugs, and you get a bad infection or die... Yeah, that's the comparison.

  • Michelle Holland Jun 5, 2015
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    Abortion IS NOT the ONLY option!!!

  • Pat Demby Jun 5, 2015
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    BOOM goes the dynamite.

    Hey Libs, respect all of the Constitution, all of the time, and maybe you'll win a few supporters. But, since you like to trample other's rights, regardless of my feelings on this issue, have fun standing alone.

  • Victor Cruz-Saez Jun 4, 2015
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    How about a 72 hr waiting period for males when they wish to have a vasectomy??????

  • Freda Kerr Jun 4, 2015
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    Only 1% of abortions are performed at or after 20 weeks. Those are for severe abnormalities or death of the fetus, not to fit into a prom dress. No need for histrionics.

  • David Bunn Jun 4, 2015
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    Funny how liberals remember the Constitution as soon as abortion, obamacare, and gay rights come on the radar. But they always to seem forget the second amendment, and the first as well if things aren't fitting into their mold.

  • Todd Whitmer Jun 4, 2015
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    Once again the gov proves that he is a liar and will not or is incapable of keeping a promise.

    I thought republicans wanted LESS government intervention in our private lives. I'm sure if we put a 72 hour waiting period before men could engage in sexual intercourse that would be a better solution since this is making at seem as if women are unsure of themselves and what is best for themselves. Such a sad time to be in NC.

  • Chris Holder Jun 4, 2015
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    No, most/all people here arguing FOR this are essentially arguing that abortion should be illegal. Well, it's not, and hasn't been in decades. SCOTUS said it was constitutional. And so those with this opinion can't deal in this reality -- they resort to making this constitutionally-protected act as hard as possible to participate in, and thereby as dangerous as possible for those left with no other options than to get an abortion unsafely.

  • Chris Holder Jun 4, 2015
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    What does that have to do with a three-day waiting period to get a legal medical procedure, or other things that might make said procedure less available, less affordable, and more stigmatized?

  • Chris Holder Jun 4, 2015
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    And what does that have to do with a 3-day waiting period to get an abortion, or other things that could reduce the availability or affordability (etc.) of abortions?

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