Legislative Victory! 72 hour abortion wait period passes General Assembly

This week, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015, which extends the abortion wait period in North Carolina from 24 to 72 hours. The legislation now moves to the office of Governor Pat McCrory, who has announced his intention to sign the bill into law. North Carolina mothers considering an abortion will now have a 72 hour consideration period after receiving information about the procedure from a physician, either in person or by phone. North Carolina joins four other states that have already signed a 72 hour abortion wait period into law: Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, and, most recently, Oklahoma. The 72 hour wait period will give mothers an opportunity to reflect on the life-altering decision they are considering after receiving informed consent information. As bill co-sponsor, Representative Jacqueline Schaffer, said, "The poorest decisions that we make are the ones we make under pressure and on impulse. We want women to be equipped with the right information as they are going to make that decision." Maria Gallagher recently highlighted what a “devastatingly permanent” action an abortion is in her article, “With Abortion, There Are No Do-Overs.” With the life of an unborn child on the line, a few days’ reflection is a prudent requirement that we hope will give mothers a chance to see the other, life-affirming options available to them. It must be pointed out that this legislative victory was only possible because of the ordinary North Carolinians who are willing to stand for life in the legislative and political realms. Grassroots support, such as your calls, letters, and visits to legislators, and attendance at our Pro-Life Lobby Days are essential for letting our representatives know that North Carolinians care about protecting life. As we like to say regarding pro-life political involvement, elections have consequences. The result of pro-lifers showing up at the polls, supporting pro-life candidates, establishing and maintaining relationships with pro-life office holders is protection for unborn children and their mothers. Along those lines, be sure to check if your state Senator and House Representative supported the 72 hour wait period bill (H465) and thank them for doing so! See how your Senator voted here and how your Representative voted here. Keep up the good work, pro-lifers! Your efforts are making a difference for mothers and babies in our state. Other helpful resources:

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Petition: Pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protect Act

Whereas, with the advent of sonograms and live-action ultrasound images, neonatologists and nurses are able to see unborn babies react physically to stimuli such as sound, light and touch. ellmersbwWhereas, anatomical studies have documented that the body structures necessary to feel pain are present at 20 weeks after fertilization. Whereas, US House leadership pulled the bill from consideration on January 22 due to Representative Renee Ellmers’ public statements and behind the scenes attacks on the bill.

Therefore, we the undersigned appeal to US Congress to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 36) and for Rep. Ellmers to cease and desist efforts to torpedo the legislation.

Download the Petition

Please, download the petition [PDF], sign, and return to NCRTL at:

PO Box 9282 Greensboro, NC 27406 or email moore.ncrtl@gmail.com.

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For Free Copies, Please Call (336) 274-5433 or email moore.ncrtl@gmail.com.

Click here for more background information on Representative Ellmers' efforts to block the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

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...]

NRLC, Representative Stam Endorse Tillis for Senate

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Thom Tillis

This week, both National Right to Life and Representative Paul "Skip" Stam have endorsed Speaker of the NC House Thom Tillis for U.S. Senate. In a statement released by National Right to Life, president Carol Tobias describes Tillis as "an outspoken leader in the fight to protect innocent human life in North Carolina, and . . . the only candidate with a proven record of leadership who can defeat pro-abortion Sen. Kay Hagan this fall. Representative Stam also notes Tillis' excellent pro-life accomplishments as Speaker of the House in the General Assembly. He additionally comments on his solid conservative leadership and ability to work with Democrats and Republicans alike to pass commonsense legislation on the state level. Representative Tillis and several other Republican candidates will be on the May 6 primary ballot. Please encourage your pro-life friends to vote!