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Rep. Hamilton speaks out against possible abortion bills

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The mention of possible bills moving forward in Raleigh to regulate abortion has the Cape Fear region's lone Democrat in the state legislature speaking out.

State Representative Susi Hamilton said Monday that any legislation concerning a woman's ability to make her own medical decisions is upsetting, but she's not surprised.

"Disappointed is a better word," she said. "We're not focusing on the things that we promised to focus on."

The News and Observer recently reported that State Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam hinted at a few proposals that would exclude abortion from health insurance coverage and outlaw abortions based on gender preference.

Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and Hamilton said she will rally supporters against any abortion bill that moves through the General Assembly.

"I can't believe we're still caught up with social agendas when there are so many important issues right now," Hamilton said.

Those issues, according to Hamilton, include tax modernization, education and economic development. Hamilton and the rest of her elected colleagues will begin a new session at the end of the month.

Calls to local Republican legislators have not been returned by the time of this report.

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