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Senate to decide “Woman’s Right to Know” after override succeeds in state House (audio)

The N.C. House successfully overrode Govenor Bev Perdue’s veto of House Bill 854, the abortion waiting period bill: 72-47.

The so-called “Woman’s Right to Know” Act requires women seeking an abortion wait 24-hours, be shown a detailed ultrasound and receiving very specific counseling before the procedure is performed.

During Tuesday’s hour long debate, Rep. Rick Glazier said the bill was more intrusive than anything being considered in Washington.

Union County Rep. Frank McGuirt said with its passage Big Brother would be “bashing his way into the O.R., bashing his way into the relationship beteen a doctor and his patient.”

Rep. Ruth Samuelson said her bill keeps abortion legal and provides women with the information they need to make a difficult decision.

The measure now heads to the NC Senate where the GOP needs 30 votes to override the Governor’s veto.

To hear those who urged the House to sustain the Governor’s veto, click below:

One Comment


  1. Meredith Eugene Hunt

    July 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

    So many of the arguments against the bill are arguments for abortion and many arguments for the bill are against abortion. Maybe it comes down to that. Maybe if you believe that abortion destroys an unborn child, a unique individual person even in a nascent form, you would want women to have every opportunity to know what she is doing and how she can let her baby live, how she can find a better solution to her situation, even if she already has made a decision—because when she walks into the clinic door, its not too late for her to change her mind. Maybe if you believe abortion only eliminates a ball of cells or if the “fetus” is not fully human or not a person, you would think it bad to add burdens to a “simple, safe medical procedure.”
    But really, the bill is pro-choice. Why do “pro-choice” people oppose the bill? Maybe they’re not being honest—pro-choice may only be a useful slogan that they do not mean sincerely. It pacifies people who are uneasy about abortion and have vague feelings about it being wrong. Maybe the political pro-choice viewpoint really is pro-abortion.
    There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground on the abortion issue, but there is some, and it’s the Woman’s Right to Know Act. It occupies a narrow, morally absurd place where the State of North Carolina will make it easier for a pregnant woman to know that abortion destroys an unborn child as the woman retains the choice to destroy her unborn child, legally. This is awkward and uncomfortable for anyone associated with abortion, it is also awkward for North Carolina legislators because it’s middle ground between opposing forces in a battle. But it would be an improvement: It would help some women and save some children.

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