Raleigh, N.C. — After the Senate passed a raft of new abortion restrictions in less than 24 hours last week, the House responded to howls of public complaints by sending the proposal to a committee for a public hearing before it comes up for a floor vote.
About 200 supporters and opponents of the bill, dressed in blue and pink, respectively, packed the hearing and heard Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos urge lawmakers to study the measure more to determine if the proposed regulations improve safety for women, as backers claim, or merely restrict access to abortions.
Bill sponsors said they would work with Wos to try to resolve her concerns, and it's unclear when the bill could be placed on the House calendar for a final vote.
Meanwhile, House and Senate negotiators continue to haggle over the state budget and tax reform. Some say that tax reform could be set aside if consensus isn't reached soon.