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McCrory says he would sign House version of abortion bill

Posted July 12, 2013

Gov. Pat McCrory

— Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday that he would sign an abortion measure passed by the House this week if it comes to his desk unaltered.

McCrory has been under intense scrutiny over the past two weeks as lawmakers have vetted two different abortion measures. That's because he said during a gubernatorial debate in 2012 that he would not sign any bill that limited women's access to abortion.

He said Tuesday that he would veto a package of abortion regulations passed by the Senate last week. That was less than two hours before the state House rolled out another version of the measure.

The House version makes a few changes, clarifying language on when a physician has to be present for an abortion procedure and instructing the Department of Health and Human Services to develop regulations in such a way that they do not restrict access. Still, both critics and supporters of the bill say the two measures are substantially similar. 

"If the General Assembly sends me the Senate-approved bill (HB 695), I will veto it. If I get the House-passed bill (SB 353), I'll sign it," McCrory said in a statement issued by his press office. "The recent House version allows the medical professionals at the Department of Health and Human Services to write the rules which will ensure women's safety. I want to thank those who worked on an improved bill, which will better protect women while not further limiting access."

That logic doesn't pass muster with critics of the bill.

"The governor made a campaign promise in October not to support any restrictions on abortion in our state. By signing this bill, Gov. McCrory would be going back on his campaign promise and sending a message that he can't be trusted to stick to his word," said Suzanne Buckley, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina.

Planned Parenthood, which operates a network of women's health clinics, also took issue with McCrory's decision.

"Gov. McCrory is wrong – and worse, he’s not listening to his constituents," said Melissa Reed, Vice President of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Health Systems. "Thousands of North Carolinians have descended on Raleigh to make their voices heard – telling their legislators and the Governor that they would not stand for legislation that would hurt women and could dramatically restrict access to safe, legal abortion."

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  • thumperdcs Jul 16, 1:08 p.m.

    Well, well, well. Is this the same P. McCrory who stated that he would make no changes to NC's abortion laws a couple years ago? Or, is this some evil clone of that McCrory? Read Taffy's comments below and then decide whether the GA or any other local/state/federal agency has ANY right to meddle in the private decisions of a woman or married couple. I am so sick and tired of this political party. They promised less, less, less government. So to them I say "stay out of my bedroom and my private life!"

  • Taffy Jul 14, 8:34 p.m.

    for all of you who want women to bear children regardless, please post how many unwanted/abandoned/abused children you have adopted or are fostering.Until there aren't any children in orphanages or shunted from foster home to foster home, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO WITH MY BODY!

  • chevybuf Jul 14, 7:35 p.m.

    Motorcycle safety and health care regulation all rolled up in one....???? Looks like an attempt to hide some hot issues from the busy NC voter. Bad politics and, lowers to the gutter, the already bad character of our state legislators.

  • chevybuf Jul 14, 7:30 p.m.

    Very disappointed in our new governor. Wish I could reverse my vote. Voted for him because of his platform statement to protect abortion access for women. If this bill becomes law, the republicans open the doors for a political agenda (anti choice)to intro more regulation and government that will increase costs of the service. IF the providers can afford to remain open. Shame shame to the GOP.

  • jpatterson34 Jul 14, 12:37 a.m.

    NC is turning into the old south again. This is just sad that in today's age abortion is still an issue. The planet is overpopulated if a woman doesn't want to bring another child into the world then so be it. That is her and her families choice... nobody else should have a say. Especially a politician.

  • jackjones2nc Jul 13, 11:09 a.m.

    McCrory is a man of poor character, and the longer he's in office, the more this will be revealed.

  • ncfarmhand2 Jul 13, 9:50 a.m.

    After promising not to restrict abortions McPuppet now says he will not veto this law. Liar Liar Pants on Fire.

  • Taffy Jul 13, 9:15 a.m.

    It is so good to see that the governor doesn't keep his word either. We ALL need to rethink & question all of those who are not keeping their word & investigate their donations to see if the laws they are enacting are benefiting their large donors. The public be darned!

  • free2bme Jul 12, 9:05 p.m.

    Of course, mccrory will sign. He is just a puppet anyway. He will do whatever nc GOP tell him to.

  • thechristinakimsucks Jul 12, 8:39 p.m.

    Read my lips. No new ..... abortion restrictions. Another lie.

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