Petitions against abortion waiting period bill delivered to McCrory’s Charlotte office

At lunchtime Thursday, protestors carried Kinko’s boxes filled with 16,500 petition signatures to the doorstep of Gov. Pat McCrory’s Charlotte office after he said he would sign a measure tripling the waiting period for an abortion.

No one answered the door at the governor’s office.

McCrory said he would sign House Bill 465, which would increase the waiting period for an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, late Wednesday. Both houses of the state legislature have already approved the bill.

Shoshannah Sayers, executive director of NARAL North Carolina, said the bill will add N.C. to a small handful of other states with 72-hour waiting periods, the longest in the U.S.

“These mandatory delays are widely discouraged by every credible medical agency in this country,” she said.

“The American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and all other major medical assocations strongly discourage waiting periods, because they provide no medical assistance.”

Activist Sally Kneidel discussed her own experience getting an abortion, decades ago. She said she knew she would get an abortion as soon as she found out she was pregnant.

“Somebody making me wait three days would have had no effect other than to make me suffer,” Kneidel said.

“Having an abortion is not pleasant. Nobody enjoys it. Nobody wants to do it...Three days is just punishment.”

Sayers said she expects the bill to take effect before the end of the year.

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