By Dave Andrusko
An Action Alert sent out by North Carolina Right to Life is urging pro-lifers to immediately contact Republican state Senators to vote for the House-passed SB 353.
Two weeks ago, the House Judiciary Committee voted to roll all the pro-life provisions of HB 695 (passed by the State Senate) into SB 353. There were some modifications in the new bill to accommodate the concerns raised by Governor Pat McCrory and his Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The full House then voted in favor 74-41 and sent the bill to the Senate. “The bill is in the Committee on Rules and Operation of the Senate,” North Carolina Right to Life said. “The bill still has to go to the Senate floor for concurrence.”
SB 353 because, like HB 695, contains 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 would require physicians to be physically present when administering abortion-inducing chemicals thereby preventing abortions being performed via web-cams.
As North Carolina Right to Life explained, 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 requirements similar to but not identical to those required of ambulatory surgical centers.
As NRL News reported earlier, pro-abortionists, of course, complained about this latter provision. But the need for change was and is obvious since there have been serious problems with abortion clinics in the state.
When the measure was in the House, “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”)
The magnitude of what is at stake was explained in the opening sentences of North Carolina Right to Life’s Action Alert: “TIME IS RUNNING OUT! If the Senate does not concur, more babies will die.”
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