State DHHS releases proposal for updated abortion facility rules, public comment period opens

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On December 1, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released a proposal for updated abortion facility rules, beginning a 60-day public comment period.
 
The proposal comes as a result of the 2013 Health and Safety Law Changes, the pro-life omnibus bill passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor McCrory. The law stipulated that the state DHHS work to update abortion facility rules, bringing them closer in line with regulations for other outpatient ambulatory surgical centers. The rules have not been updated since the mid-1990's. [Read more...]

Pro-lifers call out Senator Kay Hagan for protecting abortion coverage in Obamacare plans

Pro-abortion Senator Kay Hagan

Pro-abortion Senator Kay Hagan

This fall, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report documenting abortion funding in taxpayer-subsidized Obamacare exchange plans. Some 1,036 plans offered in the exchanges cover elective abortions, implicating taxpayers in the practice of abortion on demand.

National Right to Life’s Legislative Director Douglas Johnson pointed out, “Those really responsible for this scandal are the lawmakers, such as Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Begich of Alaska, and Mark Udall of Colorado, who voted against the pro-life amendment that would have prevented this massive federal funding of abortion-covering plans.”

Hagan not only supported the passage of Obamacare with its abortion-funding provisions: during the crafting of the healthcare overhaul, she specifically opposed language that would have protected taxpayers from funding abortions.

When Obamacare was ultimately passed in March 2010, President Obama insisted that no federal dollars would be used to fund abortions. As pro-life Congressman Chris Smith said in response to the GAO report, “It turns out that those ironclad promises made by the President himself are absolutely untrue.”

Moreover, despite assurances that every state would offer plans that do not cover abortions, the GAO report found five states – Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont – in which every Obamacare exchange plan covers elective abortions.

Even in states where plans that do not include abortion are offered, the complete lack of transparency makes it impossible for Americans to determine if the plan they are purchasing covers abortions or not. Consumers have to buy a plan to learn if their premiums are helping fund the destruction of human life.

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Real health care saves lives

As we mentioned in our last post, there is no doubt that the availability of abortion funding directly results in the death of unborn children.

Since the passage of Obamacare, the House of Representatives has tried to rein in its abortion expansion components by passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7).  However, the lack of a pro-life majority in the U.S. Senate has prevented the legislation from progressing.

Pro-abortion groups know that holding on to every pro-abortion vote in the Senate is crucial to their agenda, which explains why they are pouring money – literally millions of dollars – into Hagan’s re-election campaign.

The Hagan/Tillis race in North Carolina will be a determining factor in whether a pro-life majority will be established, paving the way for crucial, life-saving legislation.

You did it! Pro-life victories on Election Day pave way for life saving legislation

Election Day brought great news for unborn babies and their mothers here in North Carolina and across the country. The victory of pro-life U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis over pro-abortion incumbent Kay Hagan was just one of the many wins by pro-lifers. Of 130 races where NC Right to Life’s Political Action Committee (PAC) made endorsements, 112 of our pro-life candidates won. In the extremely close U.S. senate race, pro-life candidate Thom Tillis came out on top by less than 50,000 votes. Tillis’s pro-life leadership stands in stark contrast to his opponent’s support of abortion-on-demand for all nine months of pregnancy. The Tillis-Hagan race proved to be one of a few key races across the country to ensure a pro-life majority in the 2015 U.S. Senate. Tillis and the other newly elected pro-life Senators will serve six-year terms, during which time pro-life legislation that has been blocked the past several years will finally be able to reach the Senate floor. All pro-life incumbent members of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina were re-elected, with two new pro-life congressmen, Mark Walker and David Rouzer, replacing retiring pro-life members. The U.S. House continues to have a pro-life majority, which has seen its strength increase with the election of more pro-life members to its ranks. At the state level, the vast majority of NCRTL PAC-endorsed candidates won their races for the North Carolina Senate and House of Representatives (30 of 35 and 69 of 79, respectively), maintaining the pro-life majorities that have passed important lifesaving legislation over the past several years. Your efforts and your vote were vital to making these victories possible. Thank you! We are grateful for all of your efforts: voting on behalf of the babies at the polls, educating other voters about the candidates’ positions on life through social media, in your communities and churches, at the NC state fair, and in conversations with friends and families. Your efforts truly made a difference. (National Right to Life's Andrew Bair wrote a fantastic piece outlining how pro-lifers were instrumental in Thom Tillis's victory.) Of course, as we celebrate our victories we know that our work is just beginning as we head into a new legislative session. We will be working with our newly elected representatives to enact lifesaving policies at both the state and federal level. We look forward to updating you and working together on those efforts!

North Carolina abortions decrease for seventh consecutive year

This month, the NC State Center for Health Statistics released the 2013 reported pregnancy data, revealing a decrease in North Carolina abortions, continuing the hopeful downward trend we’ve seen in recent years.
 
Residents of North Carolina had 19,818 abortions in 2013, a 5.5% decrease from 2012. Abortions have declined each year since 2006, with totals decreasing 33% over those seven years. The most drastic decrease occurred between 2010 and 2011, coinciding with the passage of numerous pro-life laws by the NC General Assembly (read more at Saving Lives through Legislation).
 
To put the abortion total in context by way of comparison, consider that 14.2% of resident pregnancies ended in abortion in 2013. For every six North Carolina mothers who gave birth to live babies in 2013, one child lost his or her life to abortion.
While the death toll from abortions remains both sobering and overwhelming, we can take hope that more mothers in our state are choosing life for their children each year. Even in the few years since 2010, we have seen a decline in the percentage of pregnancies ending in abortion, from 17.3% to 14.2%.
 
While you can see NC Right to Life’s full report on the 2013 abortion statistics for much more detailed information, here are some quick facts.
 
Among North Carolinians having abortions in 2013:
  • 26.5 years was the average age
  • 33.9% had repeat abortions; 12.8% already had two or more previous abortions
  • 60% were already mothers of living children
  • Minorities continue to be disproportionately represented, with 45% occurring among African-American mothers
While even one abortion is too many, we celebrate the many lives that have been spared from abortion in recent years. We will continue our life saving work until every unborn child in North Carolina has the protection she deserves.