Summary of Legislative Action in 2013

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<p>Come wearing "Light Blue for Life" to the Senate gallery, Thursday, July 25, to show your support for SB353. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>The Senate will go into session at 11:00 am and be in session until the wee hours of Friday morning. (They will be recessing at various times during this period.) </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p> We do not know when they will vote to concur on SB353, our pro-life omnibus bill, but we assume that it will be sometime before they adjourn on Friday morning because they will be going home, not to return until mid-May 2014. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>If you can not be there at 11:00 am when they go into session, check our Facebook page to make sure that the bill has not been considered before you head down to join us in the gallery. We do not want you to make a trip to the legislature if the vote has already taken place.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>We will post throughout the day, until the time of the vote, the status of SB353.  </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>The babies are depending on us to represent them at the legislature.  I hope you can be there on behalf of them. You will also show support to our pro-life legislators for passing this historic legislation.  This is legislation that will save many thousands of babies from abortion and their mothers from a lifetime of regret, pain, and suffering.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>I will be there tomorrow, will you?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. Thank all the legislators who voted for SB353. Here is the list of Representatives who voted for SB353: click here. Here is a list of Senators who voted for SB353: click here. BACKGROUND: 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: 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: