NC NOW Legislative Update #10 – 8 April 2019 – Two Pro-women Bills Introduced

See the full NC NOW Legislative Update #10.

Another bad abortion bill was introduced this week—there seems to be no end.  This one, HB603, Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is really yet another attempt to ban all abortions after 20 weeks with few exceptions.  The excuse for banning these abortions, however, does not hold up under scientific scrutiny.  Feeling pain at all requires development of a network of neurons along with development of the area of the brain needed to process the sensory data.  While it is really impossible to determine what a fetus is experiencing, most studies show that there is not adequate physical development in a fetus to feel pain until 28-30 weeks.  For a detailed examination of the evidence pro and con, see:

The House has passed HB370, Require Sheriff Cooperation with ICE, which requires sheriffs to work with ICE or face fines of up to $25,000 per day if they do not.  It is significant that the NC Sheriffs Association opposes this bill.  It is presently in the Senate Rules Committee.  Let your state senators know that you oppose this bill.  The best chance of blocking the bill, however, lies in a governor’s veto.  For more information, see

Two positive bills were also filed in the Senate:  SB486, North Carolina Equal Pay Act, which prohibits pay discrimination based on gender, and SB558, Enact NC Healthy Pregnancy Act, which would require businesses that hire more than 15 persons to make reasonable workplace accommodations for pregnant employees.  Both bills are presently in the Senate Rules Committee.

See the full NC NOW Legislative Update #10.


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