January 30, 2015

Abortion legislation pending for NC lawmakers

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 25, 2013

RALEIGH (AP) — Republican legislators are waiting until the end of their annual session to consider adopting new abortion rules that supporters say would make the procedure safer for women. Opponents say they’re aimed at restricting the ability of women to have abortions in North Carolina by forcing clinics to close.
The GOP-led Legislature was expected to decide Thursday whether to give the state Department of Health and Human Services the authority to regulate abortion clinics with the same standards as outpatient surgical centers “while not unduly restricting access.” Lawmakers are expected to close their annual session early Friday.
Gov. Pat McCrory threatened to veto abortion regulations that didn’t leave the rules to the judgment of the state health agency. The Republican governor said that legislation crossed the line between protecting patient safety and restricting access to a legal medical procedure. McCrory said during his campaign that he would not sign any new abortion restrictions into law.
NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, Planned Parenthood and others said they delivered petitions Thursday containing the signatures of tens of thousands of residents who oppose the proposed new regulations.
Existing abortion clinic regulations haven’t been changed since the mid-1990s, state Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Aldona Wos said earlier this month. Since there are only 10 inspectors reviewing hundreds of clinics and health facilities statewide, clinics can be examined only every three to five years, she said.
Only one abortion operator in North Carolina is a licensed ambulatory surgical center. Many of the other 15 clinics in the state won’t be able to comply with the regulations because it will be too costly to upgrade their facilities, women’s health groups said.
An ambulatory surgical center costs about $1 million more to build than an abortion clinic, state Division of Health Service Regulation director Drexdal Pratt told lawmakers earlier this month. It’s unclear how much it would cost existing clinics to convert to higher standards and how many clinics could meet them and remain open, Pratt said.
The bill also would prohibit abortions for gender selection and allow any health-care provider to opt out of participating in abortions, extending that option beyond doctors and nurses. The legislation also would prohibit abortion coverage in insurance plans offered by cities, counties or the online marketplace for private policies established under the federal health overhaul law.

Comments

comments

Entertainment

‘Lombardi’ shows a softer side of the famous coach

Crime

Sheriff: Juveniles charged with throwing rocks at cars

Local

Salisbury VAMC hepatitis C cure rates among best in VA

Local

Salisbury to host public information session on brownfields program

Local

Garage, mobile home fire cause uncertain; wood stove not ruled out

News

Apartment catches fire in China Grove, no one hurt

News

Environmental Management wins big in first chili competition

Crime

Blotter: Pair charged with breaking into a Salisbury home

Education

Clarification

Granite Quarry

On second vote, GQ board still goes for separate mayoral election

Local

Salisbury Community Foundation awards almost $100,000 in grants

Kannapolis

Mentor of Year wants youth to know someone cares

News

Free workshop for farm families addresses challenges, offers tips

Crime

Police: Man who tried to mask marijuana odor with Mason jar charged with possession

Local

Trip to the Holy Land Day 5: Renegade shepherds and snow delays

Education

Timber Run residents help Food for Thought

Education

Internships in plant research available at NCRC

Entertainment

Kannapolis captured in film of life in Depression-era South

Business

For fishing gear, ‘Go to the candy store’

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man faces additional drug possession charges while in jail

Local

Legislators return to Raleigh for first workday of session

Local

Leatherman not interested in another term as party chairman

Education

Central office loan scheduled for state commission’s Tuesday agenda

Education

The Big Idea Business Plan Competition 2015 is set to begin

skilled