Bill To Further Restrict a Woman's Right To Choose Filed in the General Assembly
Here we go again. Another bill has been filed in the General Assembly that would subject woman to more unnecessary red tape, and jeopardize the reputations of North Carolina's two public medical schools, UNC-Chapel Hill and ECU. The law triples the waiting period to 72 hours and would ban all elective abortions at ECU and UNC medical schools.
Doctors working for the medical schools at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or East Carolina University would be prohibited from performing elective abortions under a bill filed Wednesday.
House Bill 465 would also require women seeking abortions to speak with a doctor or other "qualified health care provider" three days before undergoing the procedure, tripling the state's current 24-hour waiting period.
"We do not want state funds being used for abortions," Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret, said Wednesday. "Our constituents have made that loud and clear from all over the state of North Carolina."
McElraft is one of a quartet of Republican women who filed the measure. She is joined by Reps. Jacqueline Schaffer, R-Mecklenbrug, Rena Turner, R-Iredell, and Susan Martin, R-Wilson.
McElraft said there is data to show that the 24-hour waiting period had led to fewer abortions. Making that wait three days, she said, could lead to even fewer abortions.
"There's no effort here to try to restrict a woman's right to have an abortion," she said. "What we're trying to do is make her care competent."
Although McElraft pitched the bill as a measure that would help protect women as well as curb the use of taxpayer money, the topic of abortion is always a volatile one. An abortion measure passed in 2013 sparked protests at the Legislative Building and garnered national attention.
The bill would "prohibit two of the finest medical schools in the the country from providing doctors with the training necessary to provide safe abortion care," said Melissa Reed, a vice president for public policy for Planned Parenthood, a women's health care nonprofit known for its advocacy for abortion rights.