Editorial: The Governor Tells Another Whopper
The Charlotte Observer is out with a scathing editorial that rips Governor McCrory to violating his campaign promise and signing another bill that restrictions access to abortion in North Carolina.
Until this week, if you were a woman in North Carolina who decided to have an abortion, you could call or visit a provider on Monday morning and have the procedure done on Tuesday.
Now, once N.C. House Bill 465 is signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory, you will be required to wait until Thursday.
Agree with it or not, that extra two days is a restriction on access to abortion.
Late Wednesday, the governor said he will sign H465 when it reaches his desk. In a statement, he also explained how he worked with House and Senate members on the bill “to ensure there will be no further restrictions on access” to abortions.
Yes, you read that correctly.
The governor is not only signing a bill that breaks a plainly stated promise he made in his campaign about restricting abortions, he’s telling North Carolinians that he worked to ensure there would be no further restrictions on abortion.
We call such a statement by a few different names these days. We say it’s “spin” or maybe “misleading” or even just “politics.” But there’s another word – lie – that people are more uncomfortable saying out loud. Maybe we shouldn’t be.
Because you can believe a 72-hour waiting period gives women ample time to contemplate a life-altering decision, or you can believe as we do that it’s intrusive and creates hardship. But all North Carolinians should be troubled by how comfortable their governor is getting with deception.