House Bill 465 triples the wait time before a woman is allowed to have an abortion to at least 72 hours (3 full days, and it may be longer than that depending on the clinic and the woman’s schedules). Plus, HB465 forces doctors to send ultrasounds and more to DHHS! NC NOW posted an article about problems with an earlier version of the bill (including that it would have broken the OB-GYN program at UNC-CH). We also posted an article about the House hearing for HB465, in which some of the ‘conservative’ men (from a certain party) couldn’t be bothered to listen to the debate on the bill. Find that article, and some of our good Representatives’ points on the bill at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/interfering-condescending-and-invasive-bill-hb465/. There are still many problems with it, listed here. Some organizations are working together to plan protests across the state to bring attention to the bill and pressure Governor McCrory to veto it. You can help by participating in any protests, and getting the word out to friends and neighbors about how bad this bill is, writing letters to your local newspapers, etc. The schedule of protests is first, and some more detailed problems with the bill are listed second.
The current protest schedule is as follows:
- Charlotte, NC: Pearle Street Park (1100 Baxter Street), Monday, May 4th at 12:30 PM
- Asheville, NC: Pack Square Park Amphitheater (60 Court Plaza), Monday, May 4th at 5:30 PM
- Greensboro, NC: Old Guilford Co. Courthouse (301 W. Market Street), Wednesday, May 6th at 12:30 PM
- Greenville, NC: Pitt Co. Courthouse (100 W. Third Street), Thursday, May 7th at 12:30 PM
- New Bern, NC: Craven Co. Government Building (406 Craven Street), Thursday, May 7th at 4:00 PM
- Wilmington, NC: Wilmington City Hall (102 N 3rd St), Friday, May 8th at 11:00 AM
- Fayetteville, NC: Cumberland County Courthouse, Friday, May 8th at 3:00 PM
- Raleigh, NC: Across from the Governor’s Mansion, at 200 N Blount St, Raleigh, NC. Monday, May 11th at 4:30 PM (NOTE : change 4:30pm not 5:00 pm)
If you are interested in attending any of these press conferences, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to speak at one, email Hannah@ProChoiceNC.org.
- Tripling the waiting period for abortions from 24 to 72 hours to delay abortion could mean forcing the woman to wait until the next week, or even longer, and could mean missing the deadline. Many or most clinics only do abortions on certain days of the week. If the 72 hour wait pushes the time past that day or those days, the woman will have to wait until the next week, or longer.
- It narrows the exception to the state’s 20-week abortion ban by restricting what counts as a true medical emergency.
- Check out the wording and also the overhead tracking. This bill requires THE PHYSICIAN “causing miscarriage or abortion after the eighteenth week” to record a bunch of information, including ‘the method used to determine the probably gestational age of the unborn child,’ and an ultrasound showing the fetus’ measurements, and sending it to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)!
- “A physician who procures or causes a miscarriage or abortion after the twentieth week of a woman’s pregnancy shall record the findings and analysis on which the physician based the determination that continuance of the pregnancy would threaten the life or gravely impair the health of the woman and shall provide that information” to DHHS.
- This would burden doctors and clinics with costly, time-consuming and unnecessary bureaucratic reporting requirements.
- I personally believe they want DHHS to second-guess the doctors.
- It would also interfere with caring for women who have miscarriages. Treatment for miscarriage can be same as for abortion.
This is based on Version 2 of HB465, at http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/House/PDF/H465v2.pdf. You can find the latest version at www.ncleg.net, type HB465 as the bill for 2015/2016 in the upper right corner.
You can read more about the bill and about what happened in the House hearing (like only allowing one citizen to speak against the bill – but many for the bill, and not allowing doctors to speak), at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/interfering-condescending-and-invasive-bill-hb465/ and at in Vicki Boyer’s LTE at www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article20044965.html
Dr. David Grimes and Dr. Amy Bryant wrote an op-ed on problems with the bill and tripling the wait period, at http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article19965231.html
Please take action on this bill – whether protesting in person, writing your newspaper, signing a petition, or sharing your outrage with friends.