Landmark Pro-Life Bill Ratified

Special Report - July 26, 2013

On Thursday, July 25, the North Carolina Senate gave final approval to a sweeping pro-life bill that is aimed at protecting the lives of unborn children and the health and safety of pregnant women. The Senate voted 32 to 13 to concur with the House version of Senate Bill 353-Health and Safety Law Changes. The House previously passed the measure on July 11. S353 now goes to Governor Pat McCrory, who has stated that he would sign the bill.

“This is one of the most significant, life-saving measures to pass the North Carolina General Assembly in decades,” said John Rustin, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council. “We commend our state lawmakers, who took a courageous stand in support of this critically important legislation, and we call on Governor McCrory to join them and sign Senate Bill 353 into law.”

S353 is an omnibus pro-life bill that contains a number of key provisions, which will:

  • Expand North Carolina's health care conscience protection law;
  • Restrict taxpayer funding of abortions;
  • Ban sex-selection abortions in the state;
  • Require a physician who is to perform an abortion to be physically present during a surgical abortion procedure or when the first drug or chemical is administered during a chemical abortion; and
  • Direct the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services to increase health and safety regulations for abortion clinics.

Rustin added, “We want to send a special thank you to the many pro-life citizens across North Carolina who responded to the call to contact their lawmakers about S353, and to pray for this landmark pro-life measure. Your emails, phone calls, and especially your prayers made the difference!”

Related resources:
Pro-Life Bill Hangs in the Balance - July 17, 2013
House Passes Pro-Life Bill - July 12, 2013
House Holds Hearing on Pro-Life Bill - July 10, 2013
House to Consider House Bill 695 - July 8, 2013
NC Senate Passes Landmark Pro-Family Bill - July 4, 2013
Pivotal Weeks for Pro-Life Legislation - June 21, 2013

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