The Senate has rewritten this anti-abortion bill and changed its title to “Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015” to make it sound innocent. It is not – this bill has all the problems from edition 2 plus more snuck in on top. The previous title was “72 Hours Informed Consent by Person or Phone,” and HB465 went to the Senate as a bill that placed new restrictions on abortion. In particular, it did and still does
- triple the forced waiting period from 24 to 72 hours
- track doctors for performing abortions
- force doctors to send women’s personal medical records to the state to track (to Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS).
In edition 3, the Senate committee tries to hide the evil by tacking on good bills expanding the definition of statutory rape, administrative changes to make it easier to apply for a protection order in domestic violence cases, as well as administrative changes that would make it easier to collect child support, and adds a provision to establish a maternal mortality review committee. Starting in edition 3, the anti-abortion wording on page 9 instead of page 1.
The Senate also added the requirement that only obstetricians or gynecologists can perform abortion procedures. This is a totally unprecedented move which will severely reduce the number of abortion providers in NC. In edition 4, something was added to the wording to allow other doctors to perform abortions as well. Edition 4 is the version that was passed by the Senate.
The Senate also changed when doctors must send the women’s personal medical records to DHHS from 18 weeks to 16 weeks.
This bill must be defeated.
The NC Senate already passed in on 6/1/15, so call or write your House Representative NOW! and ask or tell them to vote against this heinous bill.
To find your Representative in the NC House, go to https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/to-take-action-contact-your-representatives-on-a-bill/
See the bill listing, editions of changes, sponsors, and path through House and Senate at http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2015&BillID=hb465&submitButton=Go
Here is an article about problems with the bill as passed by the House (still present) – http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/05/05/3655034/north-carolina-ultrasound/
Here Peter St. Onge of the Charlotte Observer explains what the Senate is doing in “2 Good NC Bills Just Joined 1 Bad Abortion Bill” at http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/o-pinion/article22422099.html