New Laws In North Carolina

Jan 7, 2016

One of the more controversial new laws in 2016 is one that requires doctors who perform abortions after the 16th week of pregnancy to send an ultrasound to state health officials.
Credit Dave DeWitt / WUNC

A new year means new laws on the books. The state now requires doctors performing abortions after the 16th week to send ultrasounds to state health officials. Supporters say it protects women’s health, but opponents say the law violates patient privacy and is meant to intimidate physicians.

Plus, when you head to the polls in March, you’ll now need a photo ID due to a law passed in 2013 that goes into effect this year. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC’s Capitol Reporter Jorge Valencia.