The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released proposed abortion provider regulations today and the preliminary take seems to be that the intent of the rules themselves may not be as malicious or destructive as that of the legislation that gave rise to them.
As Alison Kiser of Planned Parenthood told WRAL.com:
“We are pleased that DHHS included a Planned Parenthood provider as part of the regulatory process. As we have been for 40 years, Planned Parenthood affiliates in North Carolina are committed to our patients and meeting the health care needs of the more than 25,000 women, men and young people that come to us every year for high-quality, affordable health care. Ensuring the health and safety of our patients is central to our mission.”
Meanwhile the folks at NARAL Pro-Choice NC issued the following statement:
DHHS Releases Rules for Abortion Clinics in North Carolina
Advocates caution that process must put women’s health before lawmakers’ political agenda
DURHAM, NC—Today the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released a set of rules regulating abortion providers in North Carolina, in accordance with SB 353, which the legislature passed in an extended legislative session this year.
“The Department of Health and Human Services has written a set of regulations with input from experts in the field of reproductive health care. At NARAL Pro-Choice NC, we believe it’s critical that this rule-making process not be politicized by the same political interests and lawmakers that sought to eliminate access to abortion care in the first place,” said Suzanne Buckley, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina.