Proposed abortion rules could close NC clinics

Posted March 15, 2013

— A bill filed Wednesday would require doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, a restriction that abortion-rights supporters say could close clinics across North Carolina.

Senate Bill 308 also would require any physician performing an abortion to remain with the patient through the entire procedure and recovery period.

Sponsor Sen. Warren Daniel, R-Burke, said the goal is patient safety.

"We just to make sure that, if we're having abortion procedures in North Carolina, they're as safe as any other type of surgery. I think it's reasonable," Daniel said.

Melissa Reed, vice president for public policy for Planned Parenthood, said abortions are already very safe.

"It's really not about patient safety. This is strictly politics," Reed said. "It's an attempt to make it impossible for women to access abortion."

Under federal law, states cannot outlaw abortions, but they can make them hard to get.

Two years ago, North Carolina lawmakers approved new restrictions on abortion, requiring women to receive counseling and wait 24 hours before a procedure. Women also now have to have an ultrasound as the physician describes the images.

Gov. Pat McCrory has said he won't support further restrictions on abortion. Daniel said he's not trying to call the governor's bluff.

Sen. Warren Daniel, R-Burke Senator calls his abortion legislation a safety proposal

"We're just bringing some issues to the forefront that the legislature thinks (are) important, and we'll have discussions with the governor about whether he agrees or not at a later date," he said.

If McCrory vetoes an abortion bill, House and Senate Republicans have sufficient numbers to override it.

Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups plan a rally at the legislature next Wednesday.

Reed notes that, when Mississippi passed a law last year identical to what Daniel has proposed, local hospitals found themselves under political pressure over whether to grant privileges to physicians who perform abortions.

"What happened as a result of that is that no providers were given admitting privileges," she said. "The hospitals, quite frankly, did not want protesters out in front of their hospitals interfering with their practice of medicine.

"At this point, Mississippi is very close to closing its very last abortion clinic."

Daniel said he hadn't thought about any impact on medical clinics when he drafted the bill.

"I guess I don't know exactly how it will affect clinics across the state," he said.


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  • noel Mar 18, 2013

    I guess you'd prefer to spend a significantly larger amount than $500 million to pay for children people don't want and cannot afford? That will hit your tax dollar as well you know.

  • heisenberg Mar 18, 2013

    Why should our tax dollars go to this organization? Over $500 million last year - maybe this could help balance the budget. They get almost have their funding from tax dollars. Let them sink or swim on teir own.

  • dwntwnboy2 Mar 18, 2013

    " What's next GOP, a return to Prohibition?"-- Would you be QUIET!!!! Don't give them any more bad ideas, they have more than enough!! LOL

  • dwntwnboy2 Mar 18, 2013

    "when liberals are in office and focusing on gay marriage instead of the economy?"- hmmm, when was that?? The only time marriage equality has come up was under the REPUBLICAN leadership (Amendment 1) so that arguement holds NO water at all. Even when the Dems were in control in DC (and Raleigh), it never really was a focus issue like when the Repubs were. Funny how that works, one party if FOR equality and freedoms, one isn't.

  • dwntwnboy2 Mar 18, 2013

    More men making rules on something that THEY will never have to deal with. Sad really. Get back to fixing the economy and stop this social bull puckey that doesn't help anyone.

  • tracmister Mar 18, 2013

    Many people complain that abortions should be illegal. These are the same people that complain that all these welfare people shouldn't be getting any money which effects these unwanted children. In the perfect world, these parents would stop having kids. This isn't a perfect world. Therefore what's worse, allowing abortions or causing a potential of a lifetime of pain and misery for the unwanted child?

  • techGurl Mar 17, 2013

    It is great that republicans continue to divert attention from the real issues, such as economy. If they didn't, they might even accomplish something tangible and we don't want that, do we?

  • jlp Mar 17, 2013

    "Wow, this is such good news. The killing of unborn children needs to stop." - jeff28715

    Then put your money where your mouth is. You can arrange to adopt all of these children and use YOUR money to care for them all. I suspect you would change your tune if that were the case.

    Republicans live in a fantasy land where the young should not be taught about birth control. Then when they inevitably get pregnant due to an ignorant stance on sex education, they cannot have an abortion to prevent an economically disastrous life event. Then when the mother is poor with no where to turn, no financial assistance from the government. You can't have your cake and eat it too. Do you see the absolutely unsustainable world a combination of all conservative policies would create? Better to live on the street than have an abortion in conservative land. Don't like abortions? Educate kids to use protection when having sex. Telling a kid no sex is the best way to guarantee they WILL have sex.

  • LuvLivingInCary Mar 17, 2013

    sad part is that millions of healthy heart beating babies have already been subjected to the awful death of abortions

  • Ken D. Mar 17, 2013

    Nobody, on EITHER side of this issue, believes that this bill is about patient safety. Not even the sponsors of the bill. In fact, ESPECIALLY the sponsors of the bill.

    This is just a demonstration that the social conservatives' fight to change the law of the land regarding abortions is in its last throes. Conservatives will prove to be on the wrong side of this issue, as they have always been on every social issue. They are losing the war, and they know it. Now they are just trying to win as many battles as possible before their defeat is complete.