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House moves ahead with legal limits on abortion

Posted May 11, 2011

— North Carolina legislators moved ahead Wednesday with a bill that would add requirements before a woman can get an abortion in an effort supporters hope will diminish the practice.

A House judiciary subcommittee voted 9-5 to approve a bill that would add new requirements, such as a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion and an ultrasound of the fetus.

Supporters say the extra information would help women make more informed decisions.

"The goal is information, sufficient (information), so that choice can truly be an informed choice," said Rep. Paul Stam, R-District 37.

A leading national reproductive health services provider, however, sees the issue differently.

"I think this bill is designed to make abortion more difficult to access and more expensive," said Jessica Bearden, director of public policy for Planned Parenthood Health Systems.

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North Carolina is one of 16 states that don't require counseling before an abortion. Half the states require women to wait between counseling and the abortion procedure.

Stam contends that women seeking an abortion aren't given all the facts about medical risks or the prenatal development of the unborn child.

Bearden said the organization prioritizes education.

"When a woman comes to Planned Parenthood to receive abortion services, she is informed of all the risks that might be available to her. This bill goes far beyond that."

Republican leaders in several states this year are prompting changes that include requiring a pre-abortion ultrasound that provides a visual image of the developing child's features. Ten states already require ultrasounds.

"They don't have to look at it. They don't have to hear the explanation if they don't want to, but they have to have the opportunity to see and hear (the fetus)," Stam said.

The Woman's Right to Know Act is expected to hit the House floor this week. 

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  • musthavecoffee May 20, 11:48 a.m.

    I think we should let babies make their own medical decisions. We want unborn babies to have the option, so when I decide to have children, they can decide whether or not they want to go to the doctor.

    My husband's ex-wife was a child from an abusive home. They took her from her mother (who chose her abusive boyfriend over her own daughter) and became a ward of the state. She went through the system and was given an opportunity to make something of herself. She graduated from NC State, started her career, and is now a tax-paying citizen. Now THAT is something I gladly support.

  • fayncmike May 19, 5:51 p.m.

    "Great idea! Abortion should be, at the very least, next to impossible to get legally."

    What a wonderful idea. and if that happens, what do you think the upshot will be? Allow me to tell you since I'm old enough to remember when abortion was almost imposable to get legally. women needing abortions simply went to, "back room abortion clinics." There they were treated to septic abortions, botched procedures and often died along with the fetus. Will that situation make you happy?

  • fayncmike May 19, 5:47 p.m.

    "Some people just don't think it is right to kill a living entity. Very simple."

    Yes it is very simple indeed. Those people should refrain from killing any living entities. I'd never think of forcing them to do so, so why do they think they should force others to not do so?

  • dlphnwmn8 May 19, 3:39 p.m.

    If I am not mistaken there was a penis involved somewhere relating to the pregnancy. Is there any " "legal requirement" our elected officials are making of them???

  • brassy May 12, 3:57 p.m.

    How are the republicans planning to pay for all these unnecessary ultrasounds?

    If you want to "diminish" abortion, quit trying to cut Planned Parenthood's funding. They've been providing low cost birth control for well over 30 ears.

  • rider560 May 12, 3:50 p.m.

    It is possible to not get pregnant if you don’t want kids. I’m a 32 year old female. I don’t want children and I’ve never been pregnant. I’ve never had to make a decision on whether to kill a fetus. That’s personal responsibility.

    That is luck!

  • NCAries May 12, 3:09 p.m.

    Some people just don't think it is right to kill a living entity. Very simple.

    Do they kill bugs, weeds, animals for food, animals for trophy/sport, leaders of countries whose policies we don't agree with? Aren't they living entities? How do you feel about that?

  • NCAries May 12, 2:44 p.m.

    COuld it ossibly be that they might actually get to see the child and feel guilt? Strange why pro choicers are so afraid.
    gdaddy

    That is exactly the reason and it shouldn't be because the decision is difficult enough without the guilt trip.

  • lizard78 May 12, 12:52 p.m.

    It is possible to not get pregnant if you don’t want kids. I’m a 32 year old female. I don’t want children and I’ve never been pregnant. I’ve never had to make a decision on whether to kill a fetus. That’s personal responsibility.

  • NCAries May 12, 12:47 p.m.

    There are too many people who can't have kids that would adopt these children.
    beaconoflight32

    There are too many creeps, perverts and immoral people to have a baby an intrust them to their care at least when you have an abortion you know where those cells went.

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