Paging Governor McCrory

Now that Senate leaders have launched their sneak attack on the rights of women to make their own health care decisions, the question in Raleigh is what will Governor Pat McCrory do if the House approves the offensive legislation too.

McCrory has already weighed in about the undemocratic process Senate leaders used to pass their radical attack on women in a statement  issued this morning.

When the Democrats were in power, this is the way they did business. It was not right then and it is not right now. Regardless of what party is in charge or what important issue is being discussed, the process must be appropriate and thorough.

But McCrory did not say anything about the substance of the legislation that would make it virtually impossible for women in North Carolina to access legal abortion services.

McCrory promised on the campaign trail that he would not support any further restrictions on abortion rights. He needs to speak out now to keep that promise and restore some sense of sanity to a radical and out of control General Assembly.

The governor’s office should issue another statement before the holiday. In the interest of being helpful to the busy staff in McCrory’s office, here is a suggestion.

I said during the campaign that I do not support any further restrictions on women seeking health care services and I intend to keep that promise. I am encouraging Speaker Tillis and the House to refuse to agree to the legislation the Senate approved today.

And I want to make it clear that I will veto the bill if it reaches my desk. Legislative leaders should stop spending time on a divisive social agenda and get back to passing an already overdue state budget to fund our schools and other vital state programs

Governor McCrory, are you willing to lead or not?



  1. Doug

    July 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Why the hysteria? It looks like the most restrictive provision is to have a physician present for procedures. That seems to be a leaning toward humane treatment. I would think it will not take long to set up a clinic that meets the requirements. Heck we have all kinds of requirements on things from environmental to saftey regulations….why not have some safety regulations in this case vs. just willy nilly do the procedure how you will regardless of the effects on the woman and baby.

  2. linda smith

    July 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Restricting a woman’s right to make the decision to have an abortion would be a step back in time and once again make women second class citizens.

  3. Robyn

    July 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I like how Doug went immediately into the offense by calling it ‘hysteria’. But let’s address the issue at hand rather than the bill itself; how do you feel about this being undemocratic, Doug? Do you agree with the governor that it is dirty pool or are you on the side of sneaky underhanded political techniques? Trying to shoehorn it in at the last minute in the middle of the night certainly doesn’t smack of feeling secure in your position, eh?

  4. Cheryl

    July 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    A womans body is her own not the gov. Unless they are all doctors they should have no say on a law that has been standing for decades. How about we make laws concerning a mans reproductive health, like their Viagra pills, or vasctomies. Just because we can give birth does not give them the right to tell us what to do with our bodies. They are so concerned with the unborn, how about after the baby is here. Thats were they stop wanting to help. Republicans want the children born but then its “your on your own”. Its time we stand up to these idiots and let them know we’re not gonna keep letting them srtip away our rights.

  5. robin

    July 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    What the legislature is doing is making more difficult for women to access care legallt without actually banning abortions. Requiring clinics to follow surgery center guidelines makes absolutely no sense when a gi doc who performs a colonoscopy in his office is not required to follow the rules a perferated colon is more probable.

  6. Frances Jenkins

    July 4, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Same as equating an abortion to taking Viagra, as proposed by Ellie today? What a disgrace!!! Abortion is a serious issue.

  7. Doug Gibson

    July 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm


    Provide the actual quote (along with a URL for your source) from Senator Kinnaird, and let us see who’s dealing lightly with serious issues. My guess is that you’re dealing lightly with the truth. You’ve done so before.

  8. Frances Jenkins

    July 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    The entire debate is featured on WRAL. Look it up.

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