Opinion

Abortion rules balanced

From an editorial in Monday’s Fayetteville Observer:

Some of Pat McCrory’s conservative allies are unhappy with new rules for abortions the Republican governor’s administration proposed last week.

The General Assembly passed a law in 2013 to replace the 20-year-old regulations on abortion.

Critics on the left were sure the law was intended to shut down abortion providers. McCrory said he wouldn’t do that, and the proposed rules keep that promise.

That has sorely disappointed those on the right who are now criticizing the new rules for not going far enough.

They are incensed that someone from Planned Parenthood, an abortion provider, sat on the panel devising the new rules. The objection isn’t genuine or reasonable.

That person merely had a seat at the table. When discussing regulations on a legal activity, it’s natural for someone involved to be invited to the conversation. Others present included medical experts, state officials and licensing organizations.

Americans remain divided over abortion. The governor isn’t a fan, but he knows it’s constitutionally protected.

If opponents want to change that by legal means, such as amending the Constitution, that’s a legitimate political objective. Subverting the regulatory process to undermine the law is not.

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