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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina legislators are moving ahead with an effort to make it more time-consuming to get an abortion by requiring state-mandated counseling, a 24-hour waiting period and an ultrasound of the fetus.

A House committee recommended the bill Wednesday.

Supporters say the extra information would help women make more informed decisions. Opponents call that a sham and say the real purpose is to limit a woman’s choice.

Legislative budget analysts estimate the rules would increase Medicaid costs because of nearly 3,000 additional births annually. The cost to taxpayers is estimated at nearly $7 million the first year and $35 million over five years.

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

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

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7 Comments on "NC lawmakers back bill adding abortion regulations"

2015 years 9 months ago

Yet another aspect of ridiculous religious views impeding on the rights of other humans to do with their bodies what they wish. This is so stupid. If you want to save these unborn children, there are no shortages of foster parents needed for the people who have kids but cannot take care of them.

2015 years 9 months ago

This is absurd in this day in age. The government does not need to get involved in this aspect of a woman or family’s life. This is only going to cause more problems. I am so sick of this hyper-conservatism.

There is separation of church & state for a reason. Some politicians must not have read the memo. This ranks up there with the whole chocolate milk thing and everything else.

2015 years 9 months ago

Religious view? If someone kills a woman when she is pregnant that person is charged with 2 deaths. So why is killing your own child (another human) in your womb a religious thing. Life begins at conception. It’s a shame people forget that one very tiny yet important fact. I hope ALL states do this soon!

2015 years 9 months ago

Something to think about……”In a nation where a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for you and for I to kill one another?” -Blessed Mother Teresa. Words from a very wise, very selfless person that we could all learn from.

2015 years 9 months ago

Since most pregnancies end in miscarriages before a woman even knows she is pregnant, does that make the woman a murderer?

A child is not a child when it’s a fetus or an embryo. That’s why the terms fetus and embryo exist. Neither the fetus nor the embryo is able to live without the mother. Scientifically speaking, the embryo and fetus are parasitic in that their life depends on the host organism. If the host organism dies, then the embryo/fetus dies.

Later on, that fetus begins to acquire functions independent of its host. By that time (the third trimester), there are no abortions except in case of serious medically legitimate conditions that may preclude the life/death of the mother. These procedures are the ones known by the very misnamed label of “late term abortions” and constitute a very very small fraction of 1% of all abortions. Very few hospitals and doctors perform them for a variety of reasons, chief among them the possibility of some nut going on a murdering rampage.

A woman’s uterus is her own body. No one asks for an ultrasound and a 24-hour waiting period for gallbladder removal or kidney transplant or whatever else. Why is the uterus treated any differently? Why should a woman carry a child she may not want or care for or have the financial means to support?

There are already so many kids who are in the foster care system, whose parents mistreated, abused or otherwise could not care for.

Not every woman who has an abortion does so because it’s fun. It’s not fun to have severe cramps and lots of bleeding, not to mention to experience the emotional side effects.

If you don’t want an abortion, don’t have one. However, it should be legal, safe and available to all women who need it without government interference. The U.S. is not a theocracy; if you desire a place where your own religious views are the law, perhaps you may want to consider such wonderful havens as Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan.

2015 years 9 months ago

Just wondering, have you ever read the 1st amendment and the reason it was written?

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2015 years 9 months ago

Just looking at statistics from AGI ( a statistic division of planned parenthood) 45 million lives were silenced between 1973-and 2005. My family and I recently toured the Holocaust museum in Washington DC- those statistics- 11 million lives silenced- the reason- they had a whole section in the museum to bring awareness as to how a society became brainwashed to believe they had to bring forth a “superior race” to rid this race of those who were disabled, considered weaker, of different religion, appearances, etc. The whole process involved convincing the people that their lives were much better and more valuable and that they as a nation would be better off if they could rid themselves of those lives considered inferior. The museum ended its exhibit talking about modern genocide today and how we should be aware and take action against this. Abortion is a modern genocide. People can argue that these aren’t truly lives but get real- with so much advances in modern science today we know how to bring forth life in a petri dish and have a 3-d images of this life, knowing changes that come forth day to day and week to week- if you are not aware educate yourself – it is truly amazing. We as a nation can not, must not act participate or pretend to justify this horrific crime any longer.


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