North Carolina Pro-Life Bill Encourages Women to Find Abortion Alternatives

State   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Apr 3, 2015   |   4:13PM   |   Charlotte, NC

In North Carolina, Republican lawmakers have filed House Bill 465, which would ban healthcare facilities owned by the University of North Carolina and East Carolina University from performing abortions. Additionally, the legislation would increase the required waiting period prior to an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hour.

Four women representatives, Rep. Jacqueline Shaffer, Pat McElraft, Rena Turner and Susan Martin, sponsored HB 465. The vice president of public policy at Planned Parenthood, Melissa Reed, commented on the legislation and said, “This delay, coupled with the additional restrictions, further demonstrates that politicians are attempting to practice medicine with absolutely no understanding of the scope of practice of abortion care.”

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She continued, “In reality, these bills have nothing to do with patient safety and are just attempts by politicians to insert their own political agendas into medical care, It is shameful North Carolina legislators continue to sacrifice women’s health in their ideological attempts to take this state backwards.”

According to Indy Week, Indiana abortionists must inform women the following prior to an abortion: medical assistance benefits may be available for prenatal care, childbirth and neonatal care; the father has to pay child support, even if he has offered to pay for the abortion; she has other alternatives to abortion, including adoption or having a child; she has the right to review information from crisis pregnancy centers; and she can withhold her consent to having an abortion at any time before or during the procedure.

Earlier this year, North Carolina lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 604,which attempts to tighten exemptions to the state’s 20-week abortion ban and allows the Department of Health to annually inspect all abortion facilities. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Morgan Daniel (R-Morganton) and also reiterates the transfer-agreement mandate between abortionists and local hospitals.

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As LifeNews previously reported, in 2013 a North Carolina abortion facility was shut down after the Department of Health and Human Services found that it “present an imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the clients and that emergency action is required to protect the clients.” The Baker Clinic for Women, located in Durham, failed to perform adequate quality control in blood banking as well as controlled testing on 108 patients that received Rh(D) (Rhesus) testing.

In severe cases, this can be deadly because it can lead to stillbirths. Rhesus can also result in learning difficulties for the child, deafness, anemia, jaundice or blindness.