North Carolina Gov. McCrory signs bill to increase waiting period for abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours

Four states now have three-day reflection period

By Dave Andrusko

NCSchafferquoteOn Friday North Carolina joined Utah, Missouri, and South Dakota as states that provide for a three-day period of reflection before women finalize a life and death decision. Oklahoma’s identical waiting period goes into effect in November. As promised, Gov. Pat McCrory signed the measure into law.

The Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015 will give mothers an opportunity to reflect on the life-altering decision they are considering after receiving informed consent information, according to North Carolina Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.

North Carolina RTL’s Natalie Votipka praised the activism of pro-lifers.

It must be pointed out that this legislative victory was only possible because of the ordinary North Carolinians who are willing to stand for life in the legislative and political realms. Grassroots support, such as your calls, letters, and visits to legislators, and attendance at our Pro-Life Lobby Days are essential for letting our representatives know that North Carolinians care about protecting life.

As we like to say regarding pro-life political involvement, elections have consequences. The result of pro-lifers showing up at the polls, supporting pro-life candidates, establishing and maintaining relationships with pro-life office holders is protection for unborn children and their mothers.

The bill moved back and forth between the House and Senate. While House Bill 465 now includes additional provisions not in the original House bill, the important point from a single-issue perspective is that the waiting period will soon be law.

When the House Health Committee first approved the measure 20-10, during the debate, 10 of the 11 women lawmakers heard from supported HB 465.

Dr. Melinda Snyder said many women feel coerced into having an abortion, according to Jim Morrill of the Charlotte Observer. “I’ve never known an (abortion) that couldn’t wait for a few hours,” she said. “It’s an irrevocable decision.”

Morrill also reported that

Elena Smith told lawmakers she was at a clinic, prepared for an abortion, when she decided to wait and have an ultrasound.

“If I had not waited … my son Christian would not be here today,” she said. “And neither would his two beautiful sisters.”

“The poorest decisions that we make are the ones we make under pressure and on impulse,” said sponsor State Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer. “We want women to be equipped with the right information as they are going to make that decision.”