Extreme Anti-Women's Health Bill Fast-Tracked in NC House
A bill that would triple the already medically unnecessary, Government-mandated waiting period is being rushed through the NC House. The bill was heard in one committee yesterday and opponents of the bill were not allowed to speak. The bill is likely to be voted on Thursday AM by the NC House and could be on the Governor's desk by next week.
From the WRAL article,
Only one person spoke against the bill, and Rep. , D-Orange, asked that more people opposed to it be given the opportunity to address the committee. Chairman , R-Pitt, said people were taken in the order they signed up.
Melissa Reed, vice president for public policy of Planned Parenthood of the South Atlantic, called the hearing "a total sham."
"It is already shameful that legislators are putting their own political ideologies over women’s health with this bill, but to then silence the voices of those who seek to remove politics from health care is truly deplorable," Reed said in a statement. "With the committee’s decision to not give time to both sides of such a critical issue, they have made their intentions even more clear that politics, not women’s health, is driving this legislation."
Insko called the proposal a "paternalistic bill," saying it's not medically necessary and goes against the stance the Republican legislative majority has taken in other instances that people need to live with the consequences of their decisions.
"We are removing a woman's right to have control over her own body," she said. "I think that's one of the worst things that happens to a woman is to have someone else make decisions about her body."
Bill sponsors didn't elaborate on why the medical school language was dropped, but Courtney Mitchell, spokeswoman for the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology & UNC Women’s Care, said prohibiting the schools from instructing medical residents on how to perform abortions could have jeopardized their accreditation.
"If our educational programs in obstetrics and gynecology/women’s health were not accredited, there would be a significant impact on the medical care of women throughout North Carolina," Mitchell said in an email to WRAL News.