Bills in the category of attacks on access to safe and legal abortion in the 2013 long session of the NCGA. Write the bill sponsors and your personal NC Senators and NC Representatives in the house!
• Senate Bill 308: Requires that doctors remain on the premises after an abortion until the patient is released and requires that doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of a clinic.
This is an add on to the so called “Women’s Right To Know” act, which was signed into law in the 2011-2012 session, overriding Governor Perdue’s veto.
• House Bill 716: Allows doctors to be sued by a woman and others for performing an abortion because of the sex of the fetus. Imposes fines of up to $100,000 for subsequent violations.
There are numerous problems with this, but the most insidious is that it gives strangers the right to question every women’s decision to have an abortion.
• House Bill 730: Allows employers to decline to offer insurance coverage for contraceptives if they have religious or moral objections, and expands the definition of medical providers who can refuse to participate in abortions.
• Senate Bill 132: Requires students be taught that abortion is among the preventable causes of pre-term birth. There is disagreement in the medical community about whether that is true, but it was a recommendation of the state’s Child Fatality Task Force.