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The editorial page of the Greenville Daily Reflector features a hard-hitting and accurate summation of Gov. McCrory’s 180 on abortion rights this morning:

Here’s the conclusion:

“This bill [SB 353] received both the governor’s blessing and, once it passed both chambers, his signature on Monday to become law.

In doing so, McCrory broke the promise he made in October. The law will restrict access to abortion, and while the former Charlotte mayor pledged he would not sign additional limits into law, he has done so.

The governor’s about-face on this sensitive issue erodes the trust voters showed him in November. It contradicts his claim to govern from the center and to avoid the ideological fringe.

Pat McCrory had everything to gain by standing up to the Legislature and living up to the ideals of his campaign. What a shame for him, and for North Carolina, that he did not.”

Read the entire editorial by clicking here.

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Pat McCrory 4There’s no getting around the fact that one of the keys to Pat McCrory’s 2012 victory in the race for Governor was the widespread perception that he was a “moderate.” In many places in North Carolina, voters proudly displayed “McCrory for Governor” and “Obama for President” campaign signs in the same front yards.

Ultimately, of course, there were many factors that contributed to McCrory’s reputation for moderation — some of them real and some imaginary – but at the heart of the matter was the widespread perception amongst modern suburbanites in many parts of the state that the Mayor of Charlotte was a man with whom they had much in common. Though pro-business and fiscally conservative, he was perceived to be a modern — even cosmopolitan — fellow who kept his religious beliefs to himself and who, being a Yankee transplant, would not be obsessed (like so many of his friends on the right) with recreating the North Carolina of the mid-20th Century.

It was in this light that McCrory’s promises about not further restricting access to abortion for the state’s women were so important and powerful. Read More

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In one of his stranger efforts to retain his once-moderate image (if only in his own mind) Governor McCrory has been trying mightily in recent days to argue that his support for Senate Bill 353 – the omnibus anti-choice bill just passed by the General Assembly last week — does not somehow violate his 2012 campaign pledge to oppose any new restrictions on access to abortion in North Carolina.

Laying aside for a moment that one need look no further than the title of the bill to find multiple new restrictions spelled out in detail, it may also prove useful in understanding the real impact of the legislation to check in on what the anti-choice folks who helped craft it are saying. This is from the website of the North Carolina Family Policy Council: Read More

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You’ve got to hand it the the folks at Progress NC Action for getting down to the basics with the media release they distributed last night:

Progress NC Action Calls on Gov. McCrory to “Read the Bill,” Stop Misleading the Public & Veto SB 353

Pat McCrory’s claim that abortion bill is “not further limiting access” is contradicted not just by language in SB 353, but by even the bill’s title.

RALEIGH – Progress North Carolina Action today called on Governor Pat McCrory to confirm for the public that he has actually read the controversial abortion bill which is heading to his desk, to retract his statement that SB 353 “will better protect women while not further limiting access,” and to veto SB 353.

The Governor’s claim that SB 353 will not limit access to abortion care flies in the face of not just language inside the bill, but the very title of the bill itself.  Read More

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This was released today…

An open letter to Governor McCrory from local elected officials opposed to sweeping restrictions on women’s health

July 25, 2013 

The Honorable Pat McCrory
Office of the Governor
State of North Carolina 

Dear Governor McCrory,

As municipal and county elected officials, we write to oppose SB353, the omnibus abortion bill titled Health and Safety Law Changes.

SB 353 is not only an intrusion into the deeply personal and private health care decisions North Carolina women and their families face, but also an intrusion into the affairs of local governments who want to ensure that health plans offered to their employees, to the extent possible, cover their health care needs. Read More