Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday that he will sign the abortion bill when it reaches his desk.
The bill extends the waiting period for getting an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours.
McCrory said he had some questions about the bill initially but felt the final bill was satisfactory. He said that while the waiting period is 72 hours, the period can begin with a phone call, which he felt was overlooked.
“I think it’s a very reasonable and fair option,” McCrory said.
“I and others made sure that remained.”
When running for office, McCrory was asked, just weeks before the election, what further restrictions he would put on abortion.
“None,” he answered.
Asked Thursday if he had broken promise, McCrory said, “I can’t control your headlines. But due to my work and others work, we did not add further restrictions to access.”
He also said “I think very few people know about the phone call. Very few articles mention that it can begin with a phone call.”
Alison Kiser of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic said, “Really, the bottom line is this bill was written by politicians, not doctors and doctors who treat these women everyday. Women can make these kinds of decisions for themselves in consultation with their doctor and their families.”
The law takes effect Oct. 1.