Dems: The GOP’s “Woman’s Right to Know Act” implies women are stupid (video)

In one of the most heated debates of the legislative session, members of a House Judiciary committee passed the so-called “Woman’s Right to Know Act” Wednesday.

House Bill 854 would require a 24-hour waiting period for every woman who has chosen to have an abortion and would stipulate an ultrasound be done at least four hours before the procedure.

House Majority Leader Rep. Paul Stam said the bill would bring North Carolina in line with 24 other states that require counseling before an abortion.

But Democrats labeled the bill “unfair,” “paternalistic and insulting” and a “micromanaging” of women’s reproductive rights.

Alamance County Rep.  Alice Bordsen pointed out there is no other medical procedure –  not cancer treatments, not end-of-life decisions, nor care for the elderly – that involves the state intervening in this way.

“From a quick read of this bill, one could draw one of two conclusions, that the bill sponsors believe that women are really stupid, and two, that women lack moral compass.”

Rep. Ruth Samuelson, one of the bill sponsors, took exception to those remarks and reminded legislators her bill was intended to make sure women have the information they need before making “a very serious decision.”

H 854 passed on a roll call vote of 9-5 and now heads to the House floor. To hear more of Wednesday’s debate, click below:


  1. Billy

    May 12, 2011 at 4:19 am

    “Be Indiana is a state that made us wait 24 hours, I have a 20 year old son that I found out later wasn’t biologically mine. I was twenty at the time and my girlfriend was eighteen and the twenty-four hours simply gave us time to think about the finality of our decision. I am liberal and definately pro-choice but I do not think this is an issue that needs to be contested as much. While, not everyone may benefit from an extra twenty-four, there will also be some teen moms and on a much smaller level, dads, who might change their mind. While I support abortion as a choice, life is a good choice to look at as well.

  2. Ennis Baker

    May 12, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I am horrified to live in a state that may pass a bill designed to guilt women into continuing unwanted pregnancies. I am a socal worker specializing in early childhood and I have spent the last 20 years helping children whose parents were not prepared to have them and are not able to provide adequate, much less optimal, care for them. No one should have a child that they cannot care for. How can anyone justify encouraging women to produce and parent children that they are not ready for? Most of the moms I work with admit to considering abortion but not doing so because their families would condemn them or because they waited to make the decision. There are too many unwanted pregnancies that result in neglected children now. The thought of making a woman listen to her baby’s heart beat when she has come in to have an abortion is cruel and condescending.

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