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Abortion restrictions become NC law after veto override


RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Women seeking abortions in North Carolina will be required to wait 24 hours and receive state-mandated counseling and an ultrasound before a procedure.

The Republican-led Legislature completed its override Thursday of a measure vetoed by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue.

The Senate canceled the veto thanks in part to a Republican senator who was absent for the final vote. Sen. Stan Bingham of Davidson County had voted against the abortion restriction last month. His absence meant bill supporters got the votes necessary for the override.

The House agreed to the override earlier this week.

Perdue vetoed the bill because she said it obstructs needlessly the patient-doctor relationship.

Social conservatives praised the bill, which also requires a woman consider an offer to see the shape of the fetus and hear a heartbeat.

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

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i think women should keep there legs closed and they wouldnt have any of this to worry about! use protection! i am against abortion i think if a women was to get pregnant on the pill or with other forms of protection the child is ment to be on here! no child is a unwanted! God loves all of them and all have a place! there have been MANY successful people in the world who was given up for adoption, and in foster homes! and yeah we do have welfare to help the unprepared mothers, and fathers. but i would rather it go to an unprepared mother then to a alcoholic or addict who has kids just to be able to not work.... and take advantage of the system! thats a shame not the women who didnt mean to get pregnant! but i support the 24hr and the ultrasound!

SOrry if you disagree but this is just my opinion! and i do Believe in God and i am sorry for the ones who thing were "religious clowns" i just pray one day you see other wise and find God! :)

24 hour waiting period

Men should be required to wait 24 hours and receive state-mandated counseling before taking Viagra.


What gives the government or religious fools the right to dictate morals or what a woman can do with her own body? It seems you need to look at your own house, before you tell others how to run theirs. Yes I think education and the economy takes the lead over abortion. So you tell your preachers to get out of government because the seperation of church and state is there for a reason. IT IS NONE OF YOUR DA** Business.

Please point to the place in

Please point to the place in the Constitution that says that there is a separation of church and state.

The courts have held again

The courts have held again and again that a separation of church and state is implicit in first amendment of the US Constitution. Somehow I think they understand the document better than you do. Their rulings go back well into the 19th century and carefully examine the intent of the drafters of the first amendment guarantee of religious liberty, Jefferson and Madison.

Sad, sad, sad!!!

It is crazy how everyone wants this to be a republican/democrat issue. To most of us it is a moral issue. Take a look around at todays society. You argue that it is cheaper to abort than for the government to help raise the child. What ever happened to being responsible for your actions. You argue that it is a womans body and she should chose... well then why isn't prostitution legal??? Why isn't being a drug addict legal? It is HER body and she should be able to do as she wishes with it.

Come on people! Where are your morals? That is right, I forgot you have none. Maybe that is why your children are out running the streets, probably getting knocked up right about now. Most likely you or someone close to you has had an abortion and that is why you feel as you do. You make it sound as if only low income poverished people have abortions! I would think it more is more likely the middle to upper class. They are usually the ones who would abort their inconvenience.

Anyone who doesn't realize that a beating heart is an alive creature needs some help. Everybody really needs to quit looking at this a monetary problem (which it is) and remember good values. You don't want children... great, be abstinant or at least protect yourselves!!!

A lot of you talk about the

A lot of you talk about the woman's rights and I know that you place dehumanizing terms such as zygote and fetus on unborn babies, but they are babies. Where are their rights? And I know that this is an old saying, but just remember that your mother chose life.

Play fair, GOP

If the Republicans want to intrude into womens' vaginas, they should also encourage men to get vasectomies when they get FREE Viagra from government health insurance. How else can you further eliminate the need for abortions? And, I wonder who is paying for the ultrasounds? The taxpayers, no doubt!

FYI fetus

The fetal stage of a human begins 11 weeks after fertilization. Before that its a zygote then an embryo. So having it aborted before 11 weeks isn't "killing" a FETUS at all.


It's my belief that life begins at inception. There are different stages of life, but it's still a developing human being. You may not agree with me, but that's your right.

Abortion Restrictions

Finally! Something positive has been passed in N.C. Now, let's stop paying for them as well! Maybe, just maybe couples will think about taking more precaution and being more responsible for their actions and not run for the quick fix when the UH-OH strikes.



thank god people in this

thank god people in this state look as if there getting their stuff together if u do the action expect the consequence abortions shouldn't be allowed unless there is a medical reason.

I though

I thought conservatives wanted less people on welfare, not more.

MORE babies!

Yea! Babis are cute! we loooove them. if babydaddy not around, so what? We gots the welfare, food stamps, and don't need to work. LETS MAKE MORE BABIES!! Thankyou, jesus for giving us more babies!

AWESOME!!!!! If only we

AWESOME!!!!! If only we could do away with murdering babies altogether!


For who? The unwanted child? The unprepared Mother? NO just YOU ! Until you are willing to adopt ALL the unwanted abused and neglected kids shut it. Oh but they got to be born right?

Thank You Das

You are so right. These are the same people who want to do away with medicaid and well fare, but force women to carry unwanted children to term and then deal with them or drop them in the care of the state. It's hypocrisy at it's finest. When these da** religious clowns start adopting unwanted children instead of breeding I will be a happy camper. In my experience it's generally those of a more liberal persuasion that adopt children, and the right-wing christians who want to breed 4, 5 and 6 children instead of taking in a child that needs a home.

More Important Issues

Right now their are more important issues to deal with now besides what a woman discusses with her doctor or if she sees an ultrasound picture of a fetus (not a baby) a fetus before an abortion. Republicans need to quit pushing their morals on everyone, because let's face it none of you have any room to talk when it comes to morallity. People can not pay their bills and our economy is in the toilet and you fools are worried about something that is none of your business any way. Children who are already here are starving, our education system is crap,and the Republicans are worried that a woman should have forced counseling before a medical procedure. You are the ones who will be voted out of office, and laughed at like the jokes you really are.


So you're more worried about the economy and the educational system (and Republicans) than you are a developing human life? Interesting choice of priorities.....


if your wife is 7 months pregnant..and I take a baseball bat and bash her stomach was JUST a fetus...RIGHT?

I agree

I agree with the point you are trying to make. Most people would not take your example literally. Unfortunately, some hard-headed, abrasive, arrogant a$$hole will probably disagree with you and respond as if you are attacking him personally.

First of all...

First of all you or anyone else would not get that close, because very bad things would happen to someone who tried. Second until a child is born it is a fetus. When a fetus is about seven months along, that is just about the time it could be born and maybe live if you are lucky. Medical science is wonderful but it can not do everything. Just another point if you are stupid enough to hit a pregnant woman and hurt the fetus then you would be charged for that and thrown in jail. Just from your comments you sound like a person who hits women and abuses animals.


You kind of prove my point..."if you are stupid enough to hit a pregnant woman and hurt the fetus then you would be charged for that and thrown in jail" IF it is a fetus and disposable...WHY would I be thrown in jail for hurting trash?

You see...I made a VERY good example of where we are on this issue...if you WANT the baby at 5 months...its VERY different than if you DON'T want the baby at 5 months...WHY? It either IS or ISN'T a child...get off the fence! In my opinion...its murder...PERIOD. NOW..just to show you I'm not a hypocrite about it...if my wife was raped or the doctor said she would absolutely die if she carried the baby...I as a husband would be probably be very selfish and while the decision is something that would haunt me...would want her to have an abortion..HOWEVER, having an abortion just because...isn't good enough in my book.

For the record...I DON'T hit father would jump out of his wheelchair and beat my rear end if I ever did.


There have been many cases of children born at 6 months gestation period. They have a difficult time, but many survive and thrive.

Guest7969, I would like to

Guest7969, I would like to congratulate you on your considered and intelligent contribution.

Time to consider - not "restriction" on abortion

This story was so biased it was barely reporting - "restrictions" is not accurate. Don't worry your competitor did just as badly and even quoted an representative from Planned Parenthood.

A more accurate description of the new law: Women are still allowed to have abortions on demand for no reason or for what they believe is a good reason. This new law merely allows them the time to fully understand what they are doing. The extra time (a day or two?) permits them the luxury of thorougly considering this life or death situation and the effects on their life and well as their unborn child.

The only reason someone could be offended by this is the fact that the ultrasound will reveal a beating heart --a baby!! not a fetus.

I guess that is what planned parenthood is afraid of.

I Think......

I think by the time a woman decides to have an abortion she has already thought about what she is doing, so take your moral majority crap and shove it.


How would you know how a woman thinks or feels about abortion? Your comments are always so abrasive, offensive, and totally over the top.

This law is offensive

This law is offensive and a step in the wrong direction.