Friends, your action is needed to help ensure that the North Carolina Senate takes action on key pro-life legislation that will empower women to make informed choices about abortion and increase the safety standards for abortion clinics in our state!
Please contact your member of the State Senate today and ask him or her to support HB 465-Clarify and Modify Certain Abortion Laws and SB 604-Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015.
House Bill 465-Clarify and Modify Certain Abortion Laws would extend the informed consent waiting period for abortion in N.C. from 24 hours to 72 hours, and would also enhance the information abortionists have to report to the Department of Health & Human Services when they conduct an abortion after the 18th week of pregnancy. HB 465 passed the State House on April 23 by a vote of 74 to 45.
SB 604-Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015, a related measure introduced in the Senate, would require annual inspections of abortion clinics; increase the reporting requirements for abortion clinics; prohibit abortion clinics from employing individuals younger than 18 years of age; direct abortion clinics to have a written transfer agreement with a nearby hospital for emergency care; and appropriate $500,000 for the planning and implementation of a Perinatal Resource Center at UNC Chapel Hill. This bill is sponsored by Sens. Shirley Randleman (R-Wilkes), Joyce Krawiec (R-Forsyth), and Warren Daniel (R-Burke).
Both bills currently reside in the State Senate. HB 465 is in the Senate Judiciary II Committee; and SB 604 is in the Senate Rules Committee. (SB 604 was not subject to the crossover deadline, due to the included revenue provision, and is still eligible for consideration.)
The Senate is expected to take action on one or both of these measures in the coming weeks, so please contact your Senator today, and ask him or her to stand for life and support HB 465 and SB 604.
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