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McCrory, lawmakers differ on ultrasound-abortion fight

Posted January 27

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— GOP legislative leaders and fellow Republican Gov. Pat McCrory are taking opposing sides on whether to maintain a court fight over a law requiring abortion providers to describe an ultrasound to women seeking the procedure.

McCrory's office issued a statement Saturday saying he doesn't think the fight to keep that part of a 2011 state law is worth the cost. McCrory's statement noted that the Jan. 17 ruling by U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles did not bar other parts of the law requiring that women receive information about the likely stage of fetal development and the availability of abortion alternatives.

House Speaker Thom Tills disagreed.

"It's an important law that saves lives and the ruling should be appealed," Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, who is running for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger also believes the state should appeal, his spokeswoman said Monday.

Eagles' ruling described part of the 2011 "Woman's Right to Know Act" as a violation of constitutional free speech rights. The provision required abortion providers to place an ultrasound image next to a pregnant woman so she can view it, describe its features and offer the patient the chance to listen to the heartbeat. The law required abortion providers to describe the dimensions of the embryo or fetus and the presence of external members and internal organs if they were present and viewable.

The patient was not required to watch the display or listen to the explanation.

Tillis and Berger, R-Rockingham, issued a joint statement Monday afternoon, calling the provision "the most critical piece of the law."

"We expect the Attorney General to quickly move forward with an appeal of this provision, which has similarities to laws in other states that federal courts have found to be constitutional. We remain confident that the state will prevail on the merits of the case through an appeal," the statement said.

Attorney General Roy Cooper hasn't said whether his office will appeal the ruling. State attorneys are consulting with legislative leaders and McCrory's office ahead of a decision on whether the attorney general will push forward with an appeal, Cooper spokeswoman Noelle Talley wrote in an email Monday.

The Republican-led General Assembly last year also gave itself the authority to defend laws it passed if Cooper does not fully defend them in court. The law gives the state House speaker and Senate leader the option to hire lawyers to defend a state statute or constitutional provision rather than relying on Cooper.

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  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jan 27, 7:54 p.m.

    Our Tea Party cuckoos are chattering, posturing, and parsing minor details in the realm of abortion, with quick sound bytes from the usual suspects (McCrory, Tillis, Berger, etc)...a transparent effort to rally their shrinking circle of supporters, and more importantly, create distraction from all of the other corruption and embrassing and damaging policies they are showering on the citizens of North Carolina.

    Not gonna help, gentlemen.

  • CAPTAINAMERICA Jan 27, 7:45 p.m.

    "Certainly not the states republicans, they don't want these babies to have food assistance, healthcare, or education, because of the child is born, it's the parents' problem." - ADMIN39

    Really? Which Republican ever said that? Show me where that is part of the Republican platform. Give an example of Republicans ever actually doing something like that (or even remotely close to that). Honestly, where do you get this stuff?

  • Reform Partier Jan 27, 7:21 p.m.

    "Who will speak for the children after they're born is a more relevant question. The current legislature says "you're on your own." No food, no subsistence, no education, nothing. "
    Dr. Sanchez

    Which legislature? The one in Sudan?

    Please educate yourself. Start with these links:
    http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/programs/
    http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/browse-by-state/state/NC
    http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/north_carolina_assistance_prog.html
    http://www.freepublicassistance.com/state/north_carolina
    http://www.nccp.org/profiles/NC_profile_36.html

  • admin39 Jan 27, 7:12 p.m.

    "if anyone leaves babies to fend for themselves its irresponsible mothers and fathers." -woodchipped

    You are so right, so who's supposed to take care of the babies when the irresponsible mothers and fathers don't? Certainly not the states republicans, they don't want these babies to have food assistance, healthcare, or education, because of the child is born, it's the parents' problem.

  • computer trainer Jan 27, 6:53 p.m.

    Easy for people who were not aborted to have a say on this. Who will speak for the children?

    -Computer Trainer

    Who will speak for the children after they're born is a more relevant... View More

    — Posted by Dr Sanchez

    Yeah, but the ones having abortions are NOT the ones on welfare, we take REALLY good care of them.

  • CAPTAINAMERICA Jan 27, 6:50 p.m.

    " If they really cared about the "person" inside they wouldn't leave it to fend for itself once on the outside." - ADMIN39

    You'll have to explain how they (politicians) leave babies to fend for themselves. I have ZERO love for politicians but if anyone leaves babies to fend for themselves its irresponsible mothers and fathers.

  • Reform Partier Jan 27, 6:29 p.m.

    "No it isn't. If they really cared about the "person" inside they wouldn't leave it to fend for itself once on the outside." admin39

    It looks like you missed the story here on this web site that more families are on food stamps and other government assistance programs than ever before in American history.
    http://www.wral.com/the-new-face-of-food-stamps-working-age-americans/13329080/

    The article goes on to say that public reliance on government aid has been on the rise since 1980. That kills another liberal myth about Reagan and Bush not caring about the poor.

  • admin39 Jan 27, 6:14 p.m.

    "It isn't the uterus that's of interest to them... it's the person inside. You seem to have forgotten about that part." -woodchipped

    No it isn't. If they really cared about the "person" inside they wouldn't leave it to fend for itself once on the outside.

  • CAPTAINAMERICA Jan 27, 6:08 p.m.

    McCrory and the GA should keep their noses out of women's uteruses!

    — Posted by peace2u

    It isn't the uterus that's of interest to them... it's the person inside. You seem to have forgotten about that part.

  • Reform Partier Jan 27, 6:06 p.m.

    "Eagles' ruling described part of the 2011 "Woman's Right to Know Act" as a violation of constitutional free speech rights".

    So in the minds of pro-abortionists there IS such a thing as having too much information. Ignorance is bliss!

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