RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Republicans at the North Carolina legislature are resuming efforts to limit abortions with a bill that seeks to punish doctors when the child’s sex is the primary factor in having the procedure.
A House judiciary committee scheduled debate Wednesday on the measure, which would place civil penalties on doctors who knowingly perform what the bill calls sex-selection abortion.
A bill sponsor has said the legislation helps discourage gender bias, but its opponents argue the measure will only restrict access further to lawful abortions.
The GOP-led General Assembly two years ago successfully passed a law mandating wait periods, counseling and ultrasounds for women considering abortions. A federal judge struck down some of the law.
Abortion rights advocates say North Carolina citizens trust women to make reproductive decisions.
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