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Gov. Perdue vetoes abortion waiting period bill

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RALEIGH, N.C -- Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue on Monday vetoed Republican-penned legislation that would place medical and time hurdles in front of women considering abortions.

House Bill 854 would prohibit an abortion unless a woman is provided with state-specified information about the physician at least 24 hours in advance. Women also would get information about the likely stage of development of the fetus, the medical risks of having an abortion and giving birth, and the availability of abortion alternatives. Women would have to speak with a physician or nurse in person or by telephone to receive the information.

In a statement, Perdue said, "Physicians must be free to advise and treat their patients based on their medical knowledge and expertise and not have their advice overridden by elected officials seeking to impose their own ideological agenda on others.”

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