By Dave Andrusko
When North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 353 into law yesterday, clearly he had heard the voice of grassroots pro-lifers in The Tar Heel State. The multi-pronged bill that meets all of the objectives for this legislative session of North Carolina Right to Life is a triumph for unborn babies and their mothers.
“I am pleased that this new legislation is focused on the health and safety of women in North Carolina,” McCrory said. “These higher standards will result in safer conditions for North Carolina women.”
The battle to pass the legislation in the House and Senate was not won until the very last minute—not until the final hours of the session. With Texas having enacted SB 2 just a week ago, it made pro-abortionists in North Carolina fight all the harder. That simply made North Carolina Right to Life roll up its sleeves, generating constant reaffirmation first to the legislature, then to Gov. McCrory.
Last Thursday the Senate voted to approve SB 353, a House-rewrite that addresses concerns raised by the governor and by the state Department of Health and Human Services.
The Senate’s 32-13 vote followed an Action Alert sent out by North Carolina Right to Life.
“What is wrong with reasonable standards?” said Sen. Thom Goolsby, according to the Charlotte Observer. “In light of the multiple abortion clinics closed in our state and in Philadelphia [ a reference to Kermit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society] what’s the matter with a little bit of reason?”
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“I care about women,” Goolsby continued. “I think my record very much shows that. If you can show me something (in the bill) that will hurt women I will not vote for this.”
Specifically SB 353
· Prohibits sex selection abortions, a ban which 76% of North Carolinians support.
· Opts 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.
· Requires abortionists to be physically present when the woman receives the first of the two drugs that make up the RU486 chemical abortion technique thereby preventing abortions being performed via web-cams.
· Requires information to be available to mothers who get a poor pre-natal diagnosis,
· Make requirements that abortion clinics must meet requirements similar to but not identical to those required of ambulatory surgical centers. Just after the governor signed SB 353, a local television station incorrectly reported that that all abortion clinics must meet the standards require of ambulatory surgical centers.
· Expands to “any other health care provider” the protection afforded doctors and nurses who refuse to participate in abortions.
North Carolina becomes the sixth state to ban sex-selection abortion, the 14th to ban web-cam abortions by requiring the abortionist to be with the woman when she takes the first abortifacient; and the 22nd to opt out of abortion coverage in the federal exchanges established under ObamaCare.
“The vast majority of the citizens of North Carolina support these reasonable provisions,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, NRLC Director of State Legislation. “Governor McCrory should be congratulated for signing this bill into law.”