New requirement helps assure abortionists are complying with North Carolina abortion law

By Dave Andrusko

Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D

Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D

Beginning last Friday, as part of a law passed last June, abortion clinics must now send the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services records for abortions performed after the 16th week of pregnancy, including measurements and ultrasound images of unborn babies.

Interestingly, in his story on the requirement for the News Observer, Colin Campbell misleading referred to chemical abortions as “induced miscarriages.”

“The new state law also requires any doctor who performs a late-term abortion due to a medical emergency to report it to DHHS, along with a detailed explanation of the emergency,” WRAL’s Laura Leslie reported. Abortions after the 20th week are permitted only if continuing the pregnancy threatens the mother with serious risk of death or substantial physical harm.

Anonymity is assured. The names of the women and the abortionists are confidential and the law says that the records will not be made public.

“Reporting requirements are one important way a state can know if there is compliance with the law,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, NRLC’s director of state legislation. “Requiring an ultrasound picture, with no identifying data, can help to ensure that the law is not being violated.”

Pro-abortionists, such as Melissa Reed, director of Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic, say the new rules are “medically unnecessary and purely politically driven.”

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