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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are taking up legislation that would require a 24-hour waiting period and an ultrasound of the fetus before a legal abortion.

Supporters told a House judiciary committee on Wednesday that the additional requirements would give women a fuller picture of what’s at stake. Danelle Hallenbeck of Angier said she had an abortion and has been burdened for years by not knowing how long she’d been pregnant.

Dr. David Grimes of Research Triangle Park says he performs abortions as part of his medical practice. He says the required delay after a woman seeks out an abortion provider will add costs and increase the number of unintended births.

North Carolina is one of 16 states that don’t require a waiting period and counseling before an abortion.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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