The state Senate is one step away from passing legislation that would require women in North Carolina to wait 72 hours before getting an abortion. The bill entitled the ‘Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015‘ would also require any abortion provider have board certification in obstetrics or gynecology.
House Bill 465 won tentative approval on Thursday with the Republican-controlled chamber turning back three amendments by Democrats, including one that would exempt domestic violence victims from the 72 hour waiting period.
Durham County Senator Floyd McKissick chastised Republicans pushing the restrictive bill:
“I guess if this body could overturn Roe v. Wade that they would. But they are unable to do so, so the next thing to do is to put one hurdle after another, after another.”
Supporters of the bill say the intent is to give young, pregnant women more time to consider all their options.
A final vote comes Monday after which the latest version of HB 465 returns to the House where a conference committee will work out the differences.
To read the latest version of the bill click here. To hear Sen. McKissick speak on the bill, click below: