North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #15 – 10 May 2021

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #15 – 10 May 2021

Very bad news on the abortion front. The House rammed though House Bill 453 that purports to ban abortion based on eugenics. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. A second abortion bill is also moving. Senate Bill 405 claims to prevent doctors from murdering babies born alive after an abortion procedure (something that is already illegal) has passed the Senate Health Care Committee. It is currently in the Senate Rules Committee, but it is eligible to be scheduled for a floor vote at any time.

House Bill 453 is especially insidious. It amends the law that prohibits abortion for sex selection by expanding it to include bans on abortion due to the race or suspected race of the fetus or due to the presence or presumed presence of Down syndrome. The proposed law is outrageously intrusive. The law prohibiting abortion for the purpose of sex selection simply bans the procedure if the physician knows or has reason to believe the abortion is being done for the purpose of sex selection. The proposed law is much stricter. It would require the physician to “confirm” that the woman is not seeking the abortion due to sex of the fetus, race of the fetus, or the presence or presumed presence of Down syndrome.

Under existing law a woman may choose whether or not to confide her reasons for having an abortion to her doctor, and the doctor is not required by law to interrogate her as a condition for treating her. House Bill 453 would change that. House Bill 453 requires the physician to “confirm” before performing that procedure that the woman is not seeking an abortion for any of the prohibited reasons. There’s more. The physician must record in writing that she is not seeking an abortion for any of the prohibited reasons and must also record whether she has had any genetic testing or any other testing that would reveal the gender of the fetus or the presence of Down syndrome. The physician must then submit this information (without identifying information) along with an ultrasound to the Department of Health and Human Services that must protect the identity of women and their physicians.

99 NC physicians, nurses, clinicians, and counselors say bill racing through state House would foster “environment of fear, stigma, and interrogation” in an open letter that was delivered to House Leaders on Monday, May 3, in response to HB 453 being fast-tracked.

Senate Bill 405 is based on the false premise that the abortion procedure regularly results in live births and that abortion doctors routinely murder these babies. It also gives whistle blower protection to anyone who reports such an outrage. It is eligible to be scheduled for a vote in the Senate.

See whole report at North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #15 – 10 May 2021

Take action against HB 453 here.

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