Multi-provisional pro-life bill heads to North Carolina Senate

By Dave Andrusko

NCFlagreBy a 74-41 margin, the North Carolina House of Representatives has voted for a bill with multiple pro-life provisions that would save the lives of unborn children from abortion by banning sex selection abortions, opting out of abortion coverage in the federal health exchanges and in city and county employee health plans, and require physicians to be physically present when administering abortion-inducing chemicals thereby preventing abortions being performed via web-cams.

The House vote was to concur with changes made to the Senate version to meet concerns raised by Gov. Pat McCrory. The bill will return to the Senate next week.

Specifically, the bill would

· Prohibit sex selection abortions which 76% of North Carolinians support. Six states have banned sex selection abortions

· Opt out of abortion in the federal insurance “exchange” (established by ObamaCare) and the city and county employee health plan except for the life of the mother and in cases of rape and incest.

· Require abortionists to be physically present when the woman receives first of the two drugs that make up the RU486 chemical abortion technique

· Require information to be available to mothers who get a poor pre-natal diagnosis, and

· Make requirements that abortion clinics must meet similar to but not identical to those required of ambulatory surgical centers.

Pro-abortionists complained—what else is new?—about this latter provision.

But there have been serious problems with abortion clinics in the state.

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“Republican women speaking for the measure said orders by state health officials to close clinics in Durham and Charlotte show the need for different standards,” USA Today reported. “They said other clinics in recent years have had dirty, unsterilized equipment, dried blood on medical lamps and improperly used medicine.

“’We’ve looked at the documented complaints,’ said Rep. Sarah Stevens, R-Surry. ‘Don’t tell me this isn’t about health and safety. That is exactly what it’s about.’” (See “State health officials vow to closely monitor Charlotte abortion clinic which recently had its license suspended for the second time”)

Barbara Holt , President of North Carolina Right to Life, said, “The people of this state and the people of this country have been waiting years to see commonsense provisions passed.”

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