Abortion

Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

House Passes Abortion Bill 74-41

The House debated and passed SB 353 today.
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The State House has passed a bill imposing new restrictions on clinics that perform abortions. The bill passed 74-41. Republicans say the measure is meant to protect the health of women. Republican Jim Fulgium of Wake County is a physician. He says this legislation will provide the rules to protect a woman's health.

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Politics & Government
10:12 am
Thu July 11, 2013

UPDATE: House Passes Abortion Bill; A Look At Who Provides Abortions In NC

Protesters gathered outside the legislative building to protest the abortion bill passed by the Senate on July 3.
Credit Jessica Jones

There are a range of facilities in North Carolina where a woman can get an abortion: a stand-alone clinic, a physician’s office, an ambulatory surgical facility, a hospital, and a hospital-affiliated clinic or health center. According to a report released by the Guttmacher Institute in 2011, the most common abortion providers in the state are stand-alone clinics, which are licensed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Most clinics that provide abortions also offer a range of other services related to reproductive health.  In addition to clinics, all hospitals and obstetrics/gynecology doctors are legally licensed to perform abortions, although not all do.

How would House Bill 695 affect abortion providers in NC?

On July 3, the North Carolina Senate passed a bill (HB 695) that, if signed into law, would likely shut down all 15 clinics that provide abortions in the state. It would not affect the one abortion-performing ambulatory surgical center in Asheville, nor would it threaten hospitals or hospital-affiliated women’s health centers.

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Politics & Government
4:17 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Their Own Abortion Bill In Committee

Credit Jessica Jones

House lawmakers have passed their own version of a bill to regulate abortion clinics in a committee meeting. This comes after Governor McCrory said he would veto a similar bill passed by the Senate.

The House's bill was worked into an unrelated measure and passed in a Judiciary committee meeting this morning. The new bill shares some features of a previously passed Senate measure that places tighter restrictions on clinics that provide abortions.

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Politics & Government
9:59 am
Wed July 10, 2013

McCrory Threatens Veto, Lawmakers Insert Revised Abortion Language In New Bill

The office of Pat McCrory released a statement about HB 695 this morning.
Credit NC Governors Office

Governor Pat McCrory said that he will veto a bill that places stricter regulations on clinics providing abortions unless state lawmakers make significant changes to the bill. McCrory's office released a statement this morning saying “major portions of the bill are of sound value,” however he would block the measure unless the legislature amends it to include provisions his administration outlined yesterday.

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Health
5:18 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Durham Clinic That Provides Abortions Vows To Reopen, Says New Regulations Unnecessary

The Baker Clinic For Women had its license revoked by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Credit Baker Clinic For Women

A Durham clinic that performs abortions was closed last Friday, after an inspection by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. But the owner of that clinic says it will reopen.

In a notice of administrative action delivered by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Baker Clinic was cited because it "failed to ensure quality control was performed in blood banking" and "failed to perform quality control testing on one hundred-eight patients that received Rh(D) [blood type] testing."

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Politics & Government
4:23 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Secretary Of Health And Human Services Urges Lawmakers To Study Bill

Secretary Aldona Vos
Credit North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

The head of North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services has asked state lawmakers to review a bill that would enact new regulations on abortion providers.

Secretary Aldona Wos told lawmakers at a committee meeting earlier today that her department and the governor are very concerned about patients' safety. News 14 Carolina broadcast the meeting.

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The State of Things
12:04 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

How Will The New Abortion Bill Move Through The Legislature?

Members of the Senate debate the abortion bill.
Credit screenshot, WRAL live coverage

WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones updates us on the recent amendments to House Bill 695

House Bill 695 was originally designed to ban Sharia Law in North Carolina. But last week, the bill was amended to include new restrictions on abortions in the state. Families across North Carolina came out to protest against the bill when it was discussed in the senate; however, the bill was passed 29-12.

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Politics & Government
4:58 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

McCrory Speaks Up About Abortion Regulation Bill

Gov. Pat McCrory
Credit NC Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory gave his first press conference in six months at the governor's mansion today.

He said he and legislators are coming close to reaching an agreement on tax reform, which would pave the way for producing a state budget.

McCrory also said the Senate's quick passage of a bill last week that would result in shutting down most of the state's abortion clinics was not the best way to pass such a controversial measure. McCrory said there's a fine line between restrictions on abortion and safety measures that protect women.

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Politics & Government
3:29 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

State Senate Passes Bill To Impose New Standards On Abortion Clinics

Protesters gathered outside the legislative building to protest the abortion bill passed by the Senate Wednesday morning.
Credit Jessica Jones

A bill that would require abortion clinics in North Carolina to have the same building codes and standards as ambulatory surgery centers has received final approval from the state Senate.  All of Planned Parenthood's clinics in North Carolina would not meet those standards.

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Politics & Government
6:53 am
Wed July 3, 2013

State Senate Tentatively Approves Stricter Abortion Regulations

Credit NC General Assembly

Lawmakers in the state Senate have tentatively passed a measure that would require all abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers.

The rules that would regulate abortion clinics were inserted Tuesday evening into another bill prohibiting the application of foreign laws in state courtrooms. The proposed regulations also include a measure requiring a physician to be present during an abortion. That could make it complicated for doctors to provide non-surgical abortions in which patients take pills to end a pregnancy.

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