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Abortions in North Carolina drop by more than 30% when protective limitations took effect in July

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A report from the Guttmacher Institute, formerly the in-house think-tank for Planned Parenthood, indicates that abortions in North Carolina declined by more than 30% following the implementation of the state’s new law placing restrictions on abortion, including a 12-week limitation on when abortions may be performed. This contrasts with a 7% decline nationally, according to Guttmacher’s Isaac Maddow-Zimet, who led the study.

According to a report by Carter Sherman for The Guardian, the number of abortions performed at North Carolina abortion clinics in June was 4,200, while in July it was 2,920. It is noteworthy that the number of abortions in neighbouring states did not exhibit a comparable increase.

Nathaniel Weixel reported that a previous Guttmacher analysis, published last month, indicated that abortions increased in states that were either close to or bordering those with abortion bans or strict limitations. Nevertheless, the observed decline in abortions in North Carolina in July was not mirrored by a comparable increase in South Carolina, Virginia, the District of Columbia, or Maryland.

Furthermore, the legislation stipulates that women must attend an in-person consultation at an abortion clinic at least 72 hours prior to the procedure.

Meanwhile, Judge Kathreen Eagles has suspended the requirement that abortionists perform an ultrasound on women prior to prescribing the chemical abortion pill, mifepristone. The rationale behind this provision was to rule out the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy, which is a life-threatening condition, particularly if the woman takes an abortifacient drug. This is according to North Carolina Right to Life. Additionally, she has secured an injunction on the impending legislation, which would have required abortions past 12 weeks to be performed in a hospital. This information was reported by North Carolina Right to Life.

The recently enacted legislation permits second- and third-trimester abortions in instances of rape, incest, fetal anomaly, and maternal life-threatening conditions. This information was provided by Dr. Bill Pincus, the President of NCRTL.

Despite the veto of the “Care for Women, Children and Families Act” by Governor Roy Cooper, the Republican-led legislature overrode this on 16 May. The Senate voted 30-20 to override the veto, and the House followed with a vote of 72-48 to override the veto.


Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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