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Senate passes abortion waiting period bill

Posted June 15, 2011

— Legislators have passed a bill that would require women to get specialized counseling and wait 24 hours before having an abortion.

The state Senate voted 29-20 Thursday night to prohibit an abortion unless a woman is provided with state-specified information about the physician at least 24 hours in advance. The House approved the bill last week. 

The bill now goes to Gov. Bev Perdue. 

Called the “Women’s Right to Know” act, the measure requires a woman to get an ultrasound with images and a fetal heartbeat and then wait 24 hours before terminating a pregnancy.

The doctor would also be required to counsel the woman about alternatives to abortion. There are no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

Supporters say it will make sure women seeking abortions have all the information they need.  Opponents say it will restrict access to a legal procedure and will disproportionately affect poor and minority women.

North Carolina is one of 16 states that don't require specialized counseling before an abortion. Half the states require a waiting period after counseling.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 20, 11:56 a.m.

    Holli0224, are you familiar with human biology? Do you know what zygote is? A blastocyst? They’re formed shortly after egg fertilization and are...”blots of tissue”...and barely at that.

    So, for those of us who study science, it’s really “sad” that “very disappointing” that you don’t know this.

    Since I’m all about education...this is paraphrased from wikipedia: “after egg fertilization, a human zygote exists for about four days, and becomes a blastocyst on the fifth day."

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 20, 11:45 a.m.

    Cricket at the lake said, “If I can make a few people at least...” “You should at least...”

    Here’s the problem. We have a bunch of people telling us they’re for “less government” and “freedom”, yet they’re they ones trying to MAKE other people do things that THEY think we SHOULD do. And, these "less government" people create any and all laws necessary to regulate our lives.

    It’s history repeating itself. It was the self-professed “less government” folks creating laws to keep whites from marrying blacks, to stop people from performing certain sex acts (sodomy) and to keep women from owning land and voting. Now, it's gay marriage, abortion, and on and on. Will they ever stop?

  • Common Nonsensical Jun 17, 11:58 a.m.

    "Does this apply to a woman who was raped?"

    There is no exception for rape or incest.

    "We really want to put her through that torture?"

    based on the comments from some on here yes they indeed do.

  • Alexia Jun 17, 11:36 a.m.

    I'm surprised there isn't even more debate on this topic than there is. Personally, I think forcing a woman to listen to the heartbeat and wait 24 hours is just one more effort to make a woman feel as guilty as possible for having the abortion.

    Does this apply to a woman who was raped? We really want to put her through that torture? Wow...

    I do not like abortion, but I also think it's socially irresponsible to encourage a 15 or 18 year-old girl to carry a baby to term when that will adversely affect them and the child for the rest of their lives. I have known so many young girls who have literally had their lives ruined due to birth of a child: they cannot go to college, have a very hard time with finances, etc. The children "pay the price", too. That's not fair for the children. I'd rather see children born into a home that is ready and able to care for them.

  • Common Nonsensical Jun 17, 11:04 a.m.

    mep said: "it is considered by a majority of Americans to be a living human being worthy of certain rights"

    Even most Conservatives don't believe that.

    Exhibit A: the absolute lack of concern about the death and destruction caused directly or indirectly as a result of the wars we are currently engaged in.

    Exhibit B: the absolute lack of concern about the death and destruction caused directly or indirectly by American companies throughout the world (e.g. Big Oil)

  • sarahsoandso Jun 17, 10:24 a.m.

    mep said: "it is considered by a majority of Americans to be a living human being worthy of certain rights" Actually, it's not. If it was abortion would still be illegal. Welcome to 2011 where you can't shove your personal beliefs into legislature anymore.

  • Common Nonsensical Jun 16, 5:54 p.m.

    "I pray every day that God will forgive me for what I tried to do, and I thank God every day that I had an ectopic pregnancy and not a real abortion."

    Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

  • Common Nonsensical Jun 16, 5:40 p.m.

    "My comments earlier were from the heart."

    So?

    "I respect the opinions of those that are pro choice, even though I think they are uninformed or musguided."

    We feel the same way about you. Add in sad and pathetic though.

    "All I ask is the courtesy to just respect those of us that are truly sorrowful about abortion being just another form of birth control"

    Then be respectful of those of us who don't care, and stop trying to force us to do it your way.

    "You should at least respect that some people have another opinion."

    Then talk to the rest of your side. They are giving you a bad name.

  • TriciaZ Jun 16, 5:36 p.m.

    The ultrasound makes sense to me. I had an abortion, or so I thought. A few weeks later, in excruciating pain, I finally had an ultrasound which showed my ectopic pregnancy. The abortion doctor didn't bother telling me he didn't take out anything. He didn't care that I could die from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy, which I almost did. He got his money and that's all he cared about. Years later, I'm still hurt by his disregard for my life. I'm even more hurt by my own disregard for the life that was inside of me. I pray every day that God will forgive me for what I tried to do, and I thank God every day that I had an ectopic pregnancy and not a real abortion.

  • Common Nonsensical Jun 16, 5:35 p.m.

    "It's the job you were elected to do!"

    No...they were elected to fix the economy and create jobs. At least that was what they said they would do. Personally...I didn't believe them.

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