RALEIGH, NC (WECT/AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory says he will sign a bill that will make North Carolina one of a handful of states with a 72-hour waiting period for abortions.
The state House gave final approval to the HB 465 Wednesday by a vote of 71-43.
Democratic representatives Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) and Ken Waddell (D-Columbus) voted against the bill, while fellow party member William Brisson (D-Bladen) supported the legislation. Republicans Ted Davis (R-New Hanover), Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) and Chris Millis (R-Pender) also voted for the bill, while Rep. Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover) was absent.
The state Senate approved the bill Monday night.
"Regarding HB 465, some very positive progress was made during the last several days to protect women's health," Gov. McCrory said in an email statement. "Working with House and Senate members, we ensured that contact, including a simple phone call, would start a reasonable process that protects women's health, and we also more clearly and rationally defined medical training and qualifications to ensure there will be no further restrictions on access. In addition, there are other provisions that protect children in the bill, something my administration sought. Therefore, I will sign this bill."
The bill adds other rules for doctors and clinics that perform abortions and includes several unrelated criminal justice measures.
Three other states have 72-hour waiting periods: Missouri, South Dakota and Utah. Oklahoma's waiting period of that length goes into effect in November.
McCrory's decision to sign the bill is already drawing criticism from several opposing groups.
"A woman is more than capable of taking the time she needs to make her own personal medical decisions without the government forcing her to endure an unnecessary and potentially harmful delay," Sarah Preston, acting Executive Director of the ACLU of North Carolina said in a statement. "We call on Gov. McCrory to fulfill his campaign promise and veto this harmful restriction without delay."
"Twice now, Governor McCrory has broken his promise to protect the sanctity of a woman's relationship with her doctor," said an email statement from Ford Porter, spokesman for the North Carolina Democratic Party. "By signing this legislation, Governor McCrory will further restrict access to health procedures and force doctors to submit copies of women's ultrasounds and private medical records to his political appointees for review. Women across North Carolina will remember that when the chips were down, Governor McCrory just wasn't on their side,"
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