VICTORY FOR THE BABIES!
We have reached the finish line on SB353. Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill into law today, July 29.
Thank Governor Pat McCrory for signing the bill into law. Here is his contact information: click here.
The House Judiciary B Committee voted 07/10/13 to roll all the pro-life provisions of HB695, passed by the State Senate into SB353, Health and Safety Law Changes, with some modifications to accommodate the concerns of the Governor and his Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). North Carolina Right to Life supports SB353 because, like HB 695, it meets all of our objectives for this legislative session of
- banning web cam abortions,
- opting out of the federal exchange and the city and county employee health plans, and
- banning sex selection abortions.
Here are the pro-life provisions:
- Prohibit sex selection abortions which 76% of North Carolinians support (Civitas March 2013 poll) and 85% of Americans support (Polling Company April 2013 poll) (6 states currently have banned sex selection abortions)
- Opt out of abortion in the federal exchange and the city and county employee health plan except for the life of the mother and in cases of rape and incest. An April 2011 CNN poll found 61% oppose public funding for abortion, consistent with other poll done by other groups. (22 states have opted out of the federal exchange)
- Require physicians to be physically present to prevent web cam abortions and the misuse of abortion inducing drugs. Read the recent articles about an abortion facility in Charlotte that is misusing drugs and the doctor is not physically present to administer them: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/31/4076086/charlotte-abortion-clinic-remains.htmlhttp://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/15/4041009/charlotte-abortion-clinic-shut.htmlhttp://www.catholicnewsherald.com/42-news/rokstories/3519-state-regulators-shut-down-latrobe-abortion-mill (13 states have laws preventing web cam abortions, with Missouri to be the 14th state on July 14.)
- Require information to be available to mothers who get a poor pre-natal diagnosis.
- Regulate abortion facilities through updated rules to be developed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Baker Clinic for Women closed!
On July 5, 2013, the NC DHHS suspended the Baker Clinic for Women’s license to operate. The abortion facility is located in Durham. The state order reads in part, “This Summary Suspension is based on this agency’s findings that conditions at The Baker Clinic for Women, present an imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the clients and that emergency action is required to protect the clients. This agency has identified the facility failed to be in substantial compliance with Rules for which they are certified.” Read the order here.
Femcare in Asheville closed briefly but is shifting its clients to Planned Parenthood! Read their statement below.
Femcare. the sole ambulatory abortion facility in NC, was ordered closed on July 31 because of 23 violations of the current rules governing ambulatory surgical centers. According to the DHHS document concerning the suspension of Femcare’s license, the violations represented “a potential imminent threat to the health and safety of patients.” See the links to various articles about the closure and the 49 page document citing the violations.
FEMCARE statement about sending their clients to Planned Parenthood, largest abortion provider in the country:
“Statement from Femcare:
Recognizing the political challenges in today’s environment, Femcare has been in conversation with Planned Parenthood for several months. Both parties want to ensure that women in Western North Carolina have strong, long-term access to full GYN health options, including abortion.
With that mutual goal in mind, in the coming year Femcare will shift its abortion services to Planned Parenthood. During the time of transition Femcare will continue to provide abortion services but will not see new gynecology patients.
Femcare has offered comprehensive reproductive health services in the region since 1985. Similarly, Planned Parenthood has played a role in meeting women’s health care needs in Western NC and their patient base is rapidly increasing, providing over 3,000 medical visits during the past fiscal year.”
Read Randy O’ Bannon’s article about clinic closings in North Carolina and Planned Parenthood here: