North Carolina joins states legislating against abortion
July 3rd, 2013
11:24 AM ET
1 year ago

North Carolina joins states legislating against abortion

Updated 7/3 at 2:30pm

(CNN) – Joining other Republican-controlled states like Texas and Ohio in legislative efforts to restrict abortion, the North Carolina state Senate Tuesday amended a bill originally focused on preventing foreign laws from playing any role in state legal proceedings to include a number of restrictions on abortion.

Amended and tentatively passed by the state Senate in one day in a 27-14 vote without any support from state Democrats, the bill would limit insurance coverage for abortions, require doctors to be present for the entire procedure, make gender-selective abortions illegal and require abortion clinics to meet the same licensing standards as surgical centers. The Senate gave it final approval Wednesday and sent it back to the North Carolina House for one last vote.

The licensing requirement in particular has become a popular tactic among anti-abortion advocates, which they argue ensures the safety of the procedure. Opponents argue it is an onerous requirement aimed solely at forcing abortion clinics to close.

Planned Parenthood's North Carolina branch is calling the amended bill a "sneak attack" on abortion rights and has vowed to fight the legislation, with supporters rallying in the state general assembly Wednesday morning.

The bill was first introduced in early April and was aimed solely at keeping foreign laws, which would include Islamic Sharia law, out of state legal proceedings such as divorce and child custody.

NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina said in a statement that the abortion amendment was passed without warning or public notice, arguing that it was meant to fly in under the radar. "In the final minutes of marking up an unrelated piece of legislation, the Senate Judiciary committee swiftly tacked on every anti-choice piece of legislation introduced since January," said Executive Director Suzanne Buckley.

Opponents of the North Carolina bill have expressed an awareness of larger fights over abortion, with references in particular to the filibuster and temporary disruption of a Texas abortion bill last week. In a Facebook post Wednesday morning, the Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund cautions North Carolina protesters: "FYI: As opposed to Texas, anyone who is disruptive in the Senate gallery will be arrested."

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Some protesters have even said they're "wearing their Wendy Davis shoes," in reference to the Texas state senator who staged a 13-hour filibuster last week that was buoyed by disruptive protesters who crowded into the state capitol.

As the debate rages in North Carolina and Texas, Ohio has already managed to pass controversial abortion restrictions in its state budget. Signed into law Sunday by Republican Gov. John Kasich, the budget requires ultrasounds for anyone seeking an abortion and limits the ability of abortion patients to transfer to public hospitals.

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A CNN affiliate in North Carolina, WNCN, contacted a spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory Tuesday night, she had no comment. McCrory said in his campaign last fall that he wasn't interested in pursuing further abortion restrictions.

A separate bill currently working its way through the North Carolina legislature would require schools to teach students that abortions cause risks of premature births for subsequent pregnancies. Opponents contest that conclusion.

According to media reports, McCrory has said he would sign that bill into law, arguing that as an education bill, it is not a limit on abortion. The governor’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

The bill that the Senate passed Wednesday restricting abortions was shepherded by Sen. Warren Daniel, who referred to the "house of horrors" of the Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of murdering live babies in defending the legislation. "This bill is about safety," the Republican said during the floor debate, according to WNCN. "If we require regulations that are burdensome on orthopedic (offices) and they can compete in the marketplace, than ... abortion providers can, too."

Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, applauded the legislation, specifically referencing the Philadelphia case. “Numerous states have rightfully taken steps to increase the health and safety standards of their own abortion facilities in an effort to protect women," she said in a statement. "North Carolina legislators, like those in Texas and elsewhere across the country, are acting on the will of the pro-life grassroots in advancing this much-needed, common ground legislation.”


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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    North Carolina is a complete totalitarian state. Before you know it, they'll bring slavery back.

    July 3, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Data Driven

    And so, like dominoes, they fall, one by one.

    And, based on my knowledge of my own generation (the "X" one), and the observable apathy of the succeeding one (the Millennials), we'll let reproductive rights droop to the dust. Oh well, when Roe v. Wade is finally overturned, and young people find themselves faced with awful decisions with no options or bad ones, they'll start caring about civil polity again and fight. And VOTE.

    July 3, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Steveo

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    North Carolina is a complete totalitarian state. Before you know it, they'll bring slavery back.
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    Good grief! Man,do you ever have a flair for the dramatic!

    July 3, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Steveo

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    North Carolina is a complete totalitarian state. Before you know it, they'll bring slavery back.
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    That is like me saying vote liberal or we'll send over a couple of panthers with batons!

    July 3, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    North Carolina is a complete totalitarian state. Before you know it, they'll bring slavery back.
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    I don't think they ever got rid of slavery – just like the GOP. They are backwards and a stain on the whole country.

    July 3, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The bill was first introduced in early April and was aimed solely at keeping foreign laws, which would include Islamic Sharia law, out of state legal proceedings such as divorce and child custody.
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    Republicans have totally lost it. What happens when someone gets married in a foreign country, but gets divorced here? Does this mean that the state of NC does not recognize the marriage even exists? Sure sounds like it.

    July 3, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Donkey Party

    steveo – Considering there are only two "panthers" left in the entire country, don't you think you ought to book them in advance, smart guy? And you right-wingers wonder why you're labeled the anti-intelligence party?

    July 3, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Wake up People!

    Exactly Data Driven. I live in the city of Detroit and have lived here since the late 70's and I have YET to see a Panther.

    But on the other hand, I have seen people dressed in their ceremonial sheets and hoods......

    July 3, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. just sayin

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    North Carolina is a complete totalitarian state.
    -–

    not allowing the murdering of thousands of viable human beings is the exact opposite of a totalitarian state. totalitarian states are the states that do not regulate abortions and inspect their clinics, exposing the women to dangerous conditions.

    wwelcome to the leftist world where down is up, up is down, and murder is a healthcare 'choice'.

    July 3, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. rs

    The Republican war on half of Americans continues. They are determined to lose both the Hispanc and women vote this week. No amount of vote rigging will same them from that degree of idiocy.

    July 3, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    the bill would limit insurance coverage for abortions, require doctors to be present for the entire procedure, make gender-selective abortions illegal and require abortion clinics to meet the same licensing standards as surgical centers.
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    Limit insurance coverage? Good. I don't want my tax dollars paying for someone's abortion. Doctors present for the entire procedure? Good. A doctor should be present for any surgical procedure. Prohibit "gender-selective" abortions illegal? I can't even begin to describe how disgusted I am that would even be a criteria in some woman's "choice". Require abortion clinics to meet the same licensing standards as surgical centers? Good. Why shouldn't they?

    July 3, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. rs

    The ultimate irony is the GOP will turn all women of reproductive age into second class citizens, and take away their access to needed cheap healthcare in their quest to regulate their uteruses and see more babies born-all in the name of "freedom" and "less government". Then of course, they have wrecked public education, done away with school lunch programs for the poor, and will be perfectly happy to leave these children and their mothers in abject poverty. Then I am sure they'll send them off on their next made-up war...
    The GOP- the "Party of Life" or "christianity"-NOT!

    July 3, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Jinx9to88

    And the GOP has the nerve to say Obama is destroying this country!!!

    July 3, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Hey "rs"... ever hear of birth control? 95% of abortions wouldn't be necessary if people (BOTH male & female) took the responsibility to use it.

    July 3, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. CHRIS

    Dutch learn your history . The Democrats were the slave owners. Its democrats who started abortion and the eugenics program. Guess support kermit gosnell also

    July 3, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    just sayin
    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    North Carolina is a complete totalitarian state.
    -–

    not allowing the murdering of thousands of viable human beings is the exact opposite of a totalitarian state. totalitarian states are the states that do not regulate abortions and inspect their clinics, exposing the women to dangerous conditions.

    wwelcome to the leftist world where down is up, up is down, and murder is a healthcare 'choice'.
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    Implementing to voter laws that target minorities, students and the elderly. As far as your stance on abortion, STOP PUSHING YOUR RELIGIOUS VIEWS ON OTHERS!!!

    July 3, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Hey "rs"... ever hear of birth control? 95% of abortions wouldn't be necessary if people (BOTH male & female) took the responsibility to use it.
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    Yeah, but Republicans fight to make contraception as difficult to obtain as possible. They close women's health clinics. They're against it being covered by health insurance. The right wing is against all forms of birth control.

    July 3, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Steveo

    @Donkey Party

    steveo – Considering there are only two "panthers" left in the entire country, don't you think you ought to book them in advance, smart guy? And you right-wingers wonder why you're labeled the anti-intelligence party?
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    1. Only 2? Who told you that, the panthers?
    2. The irony of your comment is you missed my point badly. What is more anti intelligent than to state NC is going back to slavery? My ridiculous comment was in response to another and yet you challenge only mine? Good on you!

    July 3, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Steveo

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    just sayin
    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    North Carolina is a complete totalitarian state.
    -–

    not allowing the murdering of thousands of viable human beings is the exact opposite of a totalitarian state. totalitarian states are the states that do not regulate abortions and inspect their clinics, exposing the women to dangerous conditions.

    wwelcome to the leftist world where down is up, up is down, and murder is a healthcare 'choice'.
    ---------------–
    Implementing to voter laws that target minorities, students and the elderly. As far as your stance on abortion, STOP PUSHING YOUR RELIGIOUS VIEWS ON OTHERS!!!
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    Stop the madness. How is Just Sayin pushing anything? He is simply stating what he believes. That no longer allowed? You do it ALL the time! Yet you are somehow the "TOLERANT" party? Since when?

    July 3, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    just sayin
    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    North Carolina is a complete totalitarian state.
    -–

    not allowing the murdering of thousands of viable human beings is the exact opposite of a totalitarian state. totalitarian states are the states that do not regulate abortions and inspect their clinics, exposing the women to dangerous conditions.

    wwelcome to the leftist world where down is up, up is down, and murder is a healthcare 'choice'.
    ---------------–
    Implementing to voter laws that target minorities, students and the elderly. As far as your stance on abortion, STOP PUSHING YOUR RELIGIOUS VIEWS ON OTHERS!!!
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    What does voter ID laws have to do with abortion? Bait & switch / deflect much? As far as abortion goes – science is proving life begins at conception more and more as each day passes. Oh sure... the fetus won't survive outside the womb until it reaches a certain maturity... go and tell me any living thing that can survive outside of what sustains it.

    July 3, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. rs

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Hey "rs"... ever hear of birth control? 95% of abortions wouldn't be necessary if people (BOTH male & female) took the responsibility to use it.
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    Yeah, but Republicans fight to make contraception as difficult to obtain as possible. They close women's health clinics. They're against it being covered by health insurance. The right wing is against all forms of birth control.
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    Duh, fair- but if you real the bill- it redefines when life begins- so this terrible piece of legislation not only closed most of the cheap womens' healthcare clinics (that have nothing to do with abortion per se), they are also redefining when life begins- NOT on any scientic terms. They are de facto, attacking birth control. The GOP is intentionally inserting a fundamentalist interpretation of life and sexuality into the bill. See things for what they are for a change.

    July 3, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. rs

    What does voter ID laws have to do with abortion? Bait & switch / deflect much? As far as abortion goes – science is proving life begins at conception more and more as each day passes. Oh sure... the fetus won't survive outside the womb until it reaches a certain maturity... go and tell me any living thing that can survive outside of what sustains it.
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    This law defines life as beginning before the egg attached to the uteran wall- essentialyl as soon as the pants drop.

    As to voter ID laws- that the GOP's last CYA move. The harder they push their radical and extreme views on women, birth contral and abortion, they lose more voters each and every day.

    July 3, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Hey "rs"... ever hear of birth control? 95% of abortions wouldn't be necessary if people (BOTH male & female) took the responsibility to use it.
    -------
    Yeah, but Republicans fight to make contraception as difficult to obtain as possible. They close women's health clinics. They're against it being covered by health insurance. The right wing is against all forms of birth control.
    -------
    Total lie. Republicans support the notion that organizations should not have to provide contraception if it against their core beliefs. Those contraceptives can be obtained at little or no cost elsewhere. And if you don't have the responsibility to pay 10 bucks a month for the pill or a couple of bucks for a condon, you're CLEARLY not responsible enough to be engaging in an activity where the natural result is procreation. Knock it off and grow up.

    July 3, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Data Driven

    @Fair is Fair,

    I'm delighted to see we have common ground on contraception; so many on the pro-life side don't. I also concede that you might be on solid ground with "surgical standards", with the caveat that an abortion being a surgery procedure is debatable.

    Gotta disagree, though, about not wanting tax dollars going to stuff you disagree with on moral or philosophical grounds. I have a full list, myself, with annotations, but it's a pointless complaint. We can't be cafeteria taxpayers.

    July 3, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. rs

    Stop the madness. How is Just Sayin pushing anything? He is simply stating what he believes. That no longer allowed? You do it ALL the time! Yet you are somehow the "TOLERANT" party? Since when?
    ______________________________________________
    Since when is turning all women of childbearing age into government controlled breeders even remotely smart? You are talking about infringing on the rights of half the population. For what? The GOP hates people after they are born anyway.

    July 3, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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