2011 State Legislation

  RATIFIED  LEGISLATION:

Abortion-Woman's Right to Know (H854):

The NC House and Senate overrode Governor Beverly Perdue's veto of the legislation.  It became law on July 28.  Planned Parenthood challenged the  ultrasound portion of the law in the courts.  Judge Catherine Eagles issued an injunction so that this particular portion of the law could not go into effect. In October 2011, the remainder of the law went into effect.
  • A history of the legislation and a complete listing of the votes including the override vote is here.

The Unborn Victims of Violence-Ethen's Law (H215):

Ratified on April 20  and signed into law by the governor on April 29, 2011, the legislation went into effect.
  • A history of the legislation and a complete listing of the votes is here.

Authorize Various Special Plates (including the Choose Life Specialty Plate)(H289):

The law which was ratified  on June 18 and signed into law on June 30, 2011, allows citizens to purchase a specialty plate that bears the faces of children and contains the words, “Choose Life.” Of the $25 fee for the purchase of the plate, $15 will go to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship (CPCF) who will disperse the funds to the agencies which can qualify based on the criteria set forth in the legislation. To date, the CPCF  has received over 440 applications for the plate.  Because the ACLU has filed a suit against the law and was able to get an injunction against the law, the plates can not be produced.  The suit will go up to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which will decide the fate of the “Choose Life” plate.
  • A history of the legislation and a complete listing of the votes is here.

Appropriations Act of 2011 (Abortion Provisions) (H200):

The budget provisions repealed the Abortion Fund which had been amended in 1995 limiting abortion coverage to $50,000 for the reasons of life of the mother, rape, and incest.  Since the funds have not been used since 1995, the legislature eliminated the provision entirely. Secondly, the legislature included a provision in the budget that states: "No state funds may be used for the performance of abortions or to support the administration of any governmental health plan or government-offered insurance policy offering abortion, except that this prohibition shall not apply where (i) the life of the mother would be endangered if the unborn child were carried to term or (ii) the pregnancy is the result of a rape or incest. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit medical care provided after a spontaneous miscarriage."  Finally, the legislature included a provision in the budget that de-funds Planned Parenthood.  Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit and received an injunction against the provision.  (See the news story about the suit which includes a quote by Barbara Holt: click here.) The Budget was vetoed by the Governor but overridden by the legislature with 5 House Democrats joining Republicans in the House and Senate voting for the override. The 5 House Democrats are Reps. William Brisson, Jim Crawford, Dewey Hill, Bill Owens, and Tim Spear.
  • A history of the legislation and a complete listing of the votes is here.
   INTRODUCED LEGISLATION:

No State Funds for Abortion (S736):

The legislation eliminates all state funding for abortion.  The bill states: “No state funds can be used for the performance of an abortion or for entities that perform or provide abortions.”

State Health Plan/Limited Abortion Coverage (S633):

Legislation prevents coverage in the state employee's health plan except in the case of life, rap, and incest. The provision in the budget which prevents state insurance plans from containing abortion coverage appears to cover the intent of this legislation.

Notarized Consent for Minor's Abortion (S766):

The legislation requires parental consent to be signed at the abortion facility or to be acknowledged before a notary. Currently, minors are presenting forged consent forms which the abortion providers are accepting without having to verify that the signature is a parent’s signature.  The North Carolina courts have ruled that the abortionist does not have to verify that the signature is the parent’s signature.  The courts said that the legislature would have placed that provision in the law if they had wanted the parent’s signature verified.  That is the reason for this legislation.

Regulate Abortion Facilities (S775):

This legislation would require facilities to renew their licenses annually and provide ownership and financial statements.  The bill contains rules governing licensure and penalties of operating without a license. Class 1 misdemeanor with a fine of up to $10,000 a day, if convicted.

Born Alive Infant Protection (H683):

The legislation amends the definition of person to include those “born alive” and defines the term “born alive.”  This bill is modeled after the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act which became law in August 2002.

Government Health Plans/Limited Abortion Coverage (H910):

Counties and cities are funding abortion in their employee health plans.  This legislation limits counties to the same elective abortion coverage for their county officers and employees as permitted under the State Employees Health Plan.          
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