New bill would alter NC abortion laws

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Significant changes could be on the way to North Carolina’s abortion laws.

A bill filed by some Republican House members Wednesday would change certain restrictions on abortions.

Those opposed to this bill said it would drastically change abortion in North Carolina.

The bill would:

  • Increase the waiting period to get an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours
  • Require that the procedure would need to be done by a licensed obstetrician or gynecologist
  • Ban abortions at the medical schools at the University of North Carolina and East Carolina or facilities owned by them.

The lawmakers do not want any state tax dollars to go to abortions.

“There’s no effort here to try to restrict a woman’s right to have an abortion,” said Rep. Pat McElraft, a Republican from Carteret County. “What we’re doing is trying to make her care competent. We don’t want taxpayers of North Carolina to pay for abortions.”

But Melissa Reed, vice president of public affaris at Planned Parenthood, said, “I’m quite surprised. This is unprecedented in the nation for a legislative body to interfere with the practice of medicine.”

The bill also says no one would be required to perform an abortion if they object to the practice on moral, ethical or religious grounds.

Elraft said she expects support for the bill in the Republican caucus. If approved, it would become law Oct. 1.

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