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Lawmakers send abortion restrictions to Perdue

Posted June 15, 2011

State Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-District 9 (New Hanover)

State lawmakers have sent Gov. Bev Perdue a measure that would make abortions more difficult to get in North Carolina.

House Bill 854, the “Women’s Right to Know Act,” would require a 24-hour waiting period before a woman could get an abortion. In the meantime, she would be required to get an ultrasound and receive state-approved counseling about alternatives to abortion.

Informed consent is already part of state law for all medical procedures. But supporters of the measure say women often don’t have all the information they should.

“Are we adding regulation to the abortion industry? Yes, we are,” said Sen. Warren Daniel, R-Burke. “We know statistically it helps make [abortion] more rare.”

But the Senate’s Democratic women called it insulting.

“What if we were running a bill that said “Men’s Right to Know”? How many of you would jump on this bill?” asked Sen. Linda Garrou, D-Forsyth

“What is it about women that we can’t make a decision?” she went on. “What is it about women that we’ve got to have people come tell us how we should live our lives?”

“This bill assumes women are ignorant,” said Gladys Robinson, D-Guilford. “Yet we’re elected like you are.”

Robinson assailed the bill for failing to make exceptions for cases of rape or incest. “No one has the right to tell us – especially not me – what to do with our bodies.”

Sen. Eric Mansfield, D-Cumberland, a practicing doctor, said the legislature doesn’t have the right to intrude on a doctor’s relationship with his patients by dictating what the doctor must say. Another doctor, Sen. Bill Purcell, talked about watching young women patients die from amateur abortions in the days before they were legal and accessible.

But supporter Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover, countered those arguments by reading from the Declaration of Independence.

“I believe this bill is necessary,” he said, “so when they take this drastic step and deal with one of God’s creations, they know what they’re doing.”

The final vote on H854 was 29-20. Most Republicans voted for the measure. Sen Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, joined all Senate Democrats in voting against it. Sen. Richard Stevens, R-Wake, did not cast a vote.

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  • SARCASTICLES Jun 16, 2:56 p.m.

    Maybe I missed it, but I've never read: "Verily I say unto thee, thou shalt be administered my word through the republican party, to suffer their will in my name".

    The whole point is that what a woman does with her body is between her and God, not her and the state. Our Founders most wisely separated Church from State, based on bitter experience. What was that about "Freedom of Religion"? Or does that not apply when there's a political axe to grind? The state has NO business legislating morality and virtue. Anything less is NOT true freedom, but tyranny. ;)

  • hp277 Jun 16, 2:43 p.m.

    I thought Republicans believed in more personal freedom and less government.

    Get out that VETO stamp, Governor!

  • driverkid3 Jun 16, 9:47 a.m.

    Let's see if the veto governor will pull out her red stamp on this one!

  • jeffserra Jun 16, 9:30 a.m.

    Republicans are supposedly for less government, and here they want to impede on the personal life of a person. Isn't that quite contradictory?