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Perdue vetoes abortion waiting period bill

Posted June 27, 2011

— Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue on Monday vetoed Republican-penned legislation that would place medical and time hurdles in front of women considering abortions.

House Bill 854 would prohibit an abortion unless a woman is provided with state-specified information about the physician at least 24 hours in advance.

Women also would get information about the likely stage of development of the fetus, the medical risks of having an abortion and giving birth, and the availability of abortion alternatives. The woman would have to speak with a physician or nurse in person or by telephone to receive the information.

"This bill is a dangerous intrusion into the confidential relationship that exists between women and their doctors. The bill contains provisions that are the most extreme in the nation in terms of interfering with that relationship," Perdue said in a statement. "Physicians must be free to advise and treat their patients based on their medical knowledge and expertise and not have their advice overridden by elected officials seeking to impose their own ideological agenda on others.”

Anti-abortion activists said the measure would ensure women make a fully knowledgeable decision before a weighty act while saving lives in unborn children. North Carolina is one of 16 states that do not require specialized counseling before an abortion. Half of the states require a waiting period after counseling.

"We are now in a minority of states that require no special informed consent for abortion, and that is shameful, especially with a female governor," Rep. Ruth Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg, said in a statement. "Having come this far in leadership, Gov. Perdue should have even greater respect for the ability of women to make careful choices when given adequate information. Yet, she made no attempt to work with us in this effort to make abortion safer and rarer, a goal even many abortion advocates support."

Planned Parenthood and abortion-rights groups urged Perdue to block the measure, saying it was needless government intrusion into the professional relationship between a doctor and a woman who was already making an informed decision.

"It’s clear that Gov. Perdue, unlike North Carolina’s current House and Senate leadership, trusts women to make personal, private health decisions without government interference," Alison Kiser, field manager for Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, said in a statement. "She understands that women think very seriously about their options when faced with an unintended pregnancy. They consult their families and trusted medical professionals and make a decision based on their own personal circumstances, needs and beliefs."

Based on the House and Senate votes when the legislature passed the abortion restrictions, bill supporters would have to find at least one vote more in each chamber to override any veto. The General Assembly's reconvened session in mid-July is expected to consider such votes.

Perdue already has vetoed three other measures in the past nine days.

Earlier this year, Perdue let become law without her signature a bill that created separate criminal charges for suspects accused of causing a fetus to die or injuring it inside the womb at any stage of development. The bill made clear it didn't apply to legal abortion.



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  • jgordon1 Jun 29, 2011

    Some of you have your heads in the sand.

    It's the woman's decision if she keeps the baby or not. No one should have to make that critical decision but her.

  • PoBoy Jun 29, 2011

    The more I think about it, the more I am in favor of a woman making this decision, reason being: do we really need people that are willing to kill a defenseless, innocent, unborn child as parents? I don't want a single dime of mine going towards killing an innocent baby. I'd much rather have my dime going towards the building gallows infront of courthouses to carry out punishment for the ones that aren't so innocent!
    Also, @ THE ETERNAL, I agree and on the same note, how about closing the legs of their equally willing female counterparts!

  • haggis basher Jun 29, 2011

    "The best way to prevent unwanted children is to remove the offending organ from men. We can wait 24 hours if we like."

    It may not be the men that don't want them......

  • haggis basher Jun 29, 2011

    "One person should not be able to make decisions for all the ones that elect to pass this bill."

    Nor is this a tyranny of the majority. The Gov is quite entitled to veto a bill. That the law.

    "Some day the folks that kill their children for no reason than that they don't want it will surely pay. God will punish those that kill."

    LOL you God is just a myth to scare kids and old folks. And in any case this is a secular country and the law does not give a rats behind what your god wants nor should it.

    "I just heard a Minister say the other day that folks are wondering why they don't have a new generation to look after the old. Plans like social security are a good example. Not enough young paying into it is only one example."

    So lets legalize all those immigrants :) Unwanted and unloved babies are not likely to be major tax payers and since there are lots of healthy hard working illegals and their kids here already......

  • haggis basher Jun 29, 2011

    "Consider all those whose attitude is "i'm pregnant--what a bummer"and consider the unborn child a matter of an inconvenience, and seek a remedy without once considering what she is doing, or its consequences."

    First you have to show that these exist at all or are anything other than a tiny minority.........

    "And, regrettably there are those whose uncaring, callous, selfish attitude about an abortion is "so what"?"

    and what about those whose uncaring, callous, selfish attitude about an abortion is "you can't have one"?

    Personally I put the feelings of a live, breathing sentient woman or girl way way higher than a blog of non sentient cells......
    Life is full of unpleasant necessities, abortion is just one of them.

  • THE ETERNAL Jun 29, 2011

    The best way to prevent unwanted children is to remove the offending organ from men. We can wait 24 hours if we like.

  • theroadislong Jun 29, 2011

    Why am I not surprised? Shame on the id iots that voted for this woman!

  • flyguync Jun 28, 2011

    "Why is it that men are the most vocal about what a woman should not be able to do with her own body? It's like they think they have a right to dictate what a woman does and the decisions that involve her body. Amazing."

    Well, if an abortion is taking place, I can assume a man was involved at some point. What about the father's rights?

  • james27613 Jun 28, 2011

    Patient must be told of the risks for any medical procedure,
    so this bill is just a waste of time.

    Requiring an ultrasound is another additional expense that
    is not necessary unless the MD needs to verify the age of fetus
    to comply with existing laws.

  • josephlawrence43 Jun 28, 2011

    mystica--true, you can do all you say, but consider all those whose conscience level is not as high as yours. Consider all those whose attitude is "i'm pregnant--what a bummer"and consider the unborn child a matter of an inconvenience, and seek a remedy without once considering what she is doing, or its consequences. And, regrettably there are those whose uncaring, callous, selfish attitude about an abortion is "so what"?

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