Gov. Pat McCrory, speaking in Greensboro on Friday, tipped his hand on a couple of controversial bills that could be headed to his desk.
As reported by The Greensboro News-Record, McCrory said he wants county sheriffs to continue to issue pistol permits rather than leave background checks to the federal database system. He’s also in favor of requiring middle-school students be taught that abortion is a risk factor for premature births.
His remarks prompted NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina to issue a statement Saturday criticizing McCrory for his stance on SB 132, the classroom abortion bill. During the campaign for office, McCrory flatly said he would not support any new restrictions on abortion. NARAL calls it a restriction on accurate information about abortion.
“By signing this bill, Governor McCrory will be going back on his campaign promise and sending a message that he can’t be trusted to stick to his word,” Suzanne Buckley, executive director of the state NARAL chapter, said in the statement.
While there’s no doubt the bill is part of an anti-abortion strategy to chip away at women’s right to have the procedure, it’s a tougher argument to say SB 132 imposes any restrictions on abortion. There are other bills that would, but none of them has cleared the General Assembly yet.
The most far-reaching would require doctors remain on the premises until an abortion patient is released, and would require those doctors to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. The bill has not moved from the Senate Rules Committee. Another would allow doctors to be fined heavily and sued if they perform abortions based on the gender of the fetus. That bill has cleared the House and is in Senate Rules.
Another would expand protection to health care workers to refuse to perform abortions, and allow employers to decline to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. The bill has cleared the House and is in the Senate Insurance Committee.
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