It’s Official: Gov. McCrory Breaks His Promise on Abortion

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RALEIGH—With the news yesterday that Gov. McCrory signed SB 353, it is now official that the Governor has broken his promise to women not to sign any new restrictions on abortion. Read what independent news organizations have to say:

WRAL: Abortion law breaks McCrory promise

During an Oct. 24, 2012, debate, WRAL News reporter Laura Leslie asked soon-to-be Gov. Pat McCrory the following: “If you are elected governor, what further restrictions on abortion would you agree to sign?”

McCrory’s one-word reply: “None.” 

So when McCrory signed a package of changes to the state’s abortion laws Monday, did he break that campaign pledge? …

Given the absolute nature of his promise, by signing Senate Bill 353, he broke that promise

Charlotte Observer: McCrory breaks his promise on abortion

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory reneged on his promise not to allow further restrictions on abortions in the state.

Raleigh News & Observer: Moves on elections and abortion tarnished legislature’s ending

Gov. Pat McCrory promised in his campaign that he would not support further restrictions on abortion. But he’s not vetoing this bill. He’s opting to break his promise instead. His rationalization is that the law doesn’t further restrict access. But it does.

Greensboro News & Record: McCrory is in danger of throwing away his credibility

Gov. Pat McCrory’s office issued a statement [July 11] saying he will sign the motorcycle abortion bill if it reaches his desk as is. If he does, he will break his word. During a campaign debate last year, he said in one word — “none” — that we would not sign any measure further restricting abortion.

Asheville Citizen-Times: F to Gov. Pat McCrory 

F to Gov. Pat McCrory for saying he’d sign a version of an abortion bill originating in the state House. The position is directly counter to McCrory’s answer to a question in a televised gubernatorial debate in October.

“Governor McCrory’s campaign promise was clear and unequivocal,” said Gerrick Brenner of Progress NC Action.  “There is now no doubt that the Governor has broken his promise to women. This is the kind of betrayal of trust which voters will not forget.”

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