The North Carolina House has approved a bill that extends the informed consent waiting period for abortion in North Carolina from 24 hours to 72 hours. The measure, House Bill 465-72 Hours Informed Consent by Person or Phone, was approved by a 74-45 vote on Thursday, April 23. In addition to the extended waiting period, the bill also enhances the information abortionists have to report to the Department of Health & Human Service when they conduct abortions after the 18th week of pregnancy.
“We commend and thank the sponsors and supporters of House Bill 465, who shepherded this important pro-life measure through the House,” said John L. Rustin, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council. “This bill will ensure that women considering the irreversible act of abortion have the information and time they need to make a fully informed decision. We encourage the State Senate to quickly approve this bill.”
HB 465, which is sponsored by Reps. Jacqueline Schaffer (R-Mecklenburg), Pat McElraft (R-Carteret), Rena Turner (R-Iredell), and Susan Martin (R-Wilson), now proceeds to the State Senate.