McCrory levels criticism after NC Senate passes abortion rules

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Submitted: Wed, 07/03/2013 - 9:26pm
Updated: Thu, 07/04/2013 - 1:48am

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Critics are crying foul after they say Republicans pushed a bill through the state Senate last night and this morning that opponents say restricts abortions in North Carolina.

A gallery full of protestors watched as Republicans led the vote to give final approval to legislation requiring additional rules surrounding abortions. The bill would prohibit gender-selective abortions, restrict abortion insurance coverage and require a physician be physically present during an entire surgical abortion.

"The laws that were enacted put safeguards in to protect patients," Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) said. "Physicians are required to perform surgical procedures. The Department of Health and Human Services is developing guidelines for safe clinics. We've got numerous violations in our state. The bill overall is not only about protecting patients' rights, but Constitutional rights."

Outside the Legislative Building and in the Senate gallery, protestors made their opinions clear. Planned Parenthood says the bill could shut down abortion providers. Critics say Republicans late Tuesday quietly added the abortion provisions to a bill to prohibit the use of foreign law, such as Sharia law, in North Carolina courts.

Among those critics is Republican Gov. Pat Mccrory, who said in a statement, "When the Democrats were in power, this is the way they did business. It was not right then and it is not right now. Regardless of what party is in charge or what important issue is being discussed, the process must be appropriate and thorough."

McCrory did not say if he would sign the bill, which now goes back to the House, if it reaches his desk. Goolsby says he does not understand why so many people are upset.

"I just know that I was present for all of the debate, that no debate was cut off, that we had two full days debate; much more debate than we even had on the tax bill," Goolsby said.

Attorney General Roy Cooper also spoke out about the vote. In a statement he said, "Restricting the health care rights of women is not only bad public policy, but it will ignite even more Constitutional challenges in court."


  • Monkey Junction says:

    There are many things wrong with this bill. First it was tacked onto a Sharia ban bill. Why in the world would we need an anti-Sharia law passed in NC? If the abortion bill was so important, why does it need to be tacked on to a totally unrelated bill. It was bad when the Democrats did in and it is equally bad now. If you’re scared of the democratic process and want to tack important law onto other legislation to avoid debate, you don’t belong as a representative in our democracy.

    The merits of the bill are questionable. On the surface, more medical care sounds great. The bill is not about “women’s health.” There are dozens of medical procedures far more dangerous that are not regulated like this. The legislatures could not even find an incident in NC in which an abortion clinic that was following the current rules had any safety or women’s health issues.

    There have been zero incidents of sex selective abortions in NC. We are not in China.

    This is an anti-abortion bill under the guise of protecting women while cloaked behind another bill. I thought the elected Republicans were concentrating on jobs. Any job bills out there?

  • Challengetheworld says:

    What makes no sense at all is in one breath the state is re-instating the death penalty and in another making it hard for someone who wants to terminate something inside their own body?

    Take the bible out of this discussion forever or we will continue to be governed by the preacher’s pulpit. The last place our goverment should be influenced is by the largest group of non-tax payers, churches.

    Step in the wrong direction NC….but not surprising for a state that ranks lowest in public education. The same state that wanted to find a correlation between a public Lottery and prostitution.

    This is disgusting.

  • 1SG America says:

    Abortion is MURDER!!! how can anyone support the MURDER of a child. If you don’t want to have a child and raise them, then don’t have sex. Anyone who aborts a child will answer to GOD!

  • Erlkoenig says:

    Way to go Senate GOP!!!!!

  • Guest2020 says:

    This is not a new process in the political process. I learned in civics class over twenty years ago that this was a common tactic used to get less popular things enacted.

  • Guestmarvin says:

    70,000 people just lost their unemployment benefits. 600 lost their jobs in Brunswick Co. due to no fault of their own. This state is in horrible shape. And our General Assembly wastes time and money on this type of legislation.

    WHERE ARE THE JOB-CREATING BILLS? Not one piece of legislation passed in this session to help the unemployed find work.

    We need to get North Carolinians back to work and build our economy.

    Limiting access to abortion will not save babies. It will simply make poor women take desperate measures and seek illegal abortions–killing their babies and possibly them as well.

  • ronnie says:

    This is what we need.Especially for the child’s life and rights. We have yo protect the unborn ss well as all children.

  • Guest231 says:

    Abortions would still be legal. The government would just make healthier guidlines to have one. As for the child’s life and rights-that would be the unborn child’s parents decision, for now. If this issue becomes illegal through the government-how many more citizens’ right to choose decisions, i.e right to bear arms, gay marriage, ect. Personally, I am pro choice. If you are raised knowing the risks and Christian guidlines to abortions then abortions would not be an issue. Put Christian views/ teachings aside and the world becomes chaotic. Just look around you.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …EDUCATE them so they can write effectively enough to get their points across to others. Right?

  • Vog46 says:

    Lookee what they passed on the sly yesterday:
    From WRAL:

    “A bill restricting abortions that popped up in the state Senate without public notice Tuesday evening and received swift approval would force clinics to meet expensive license requirements and make it more difficult for doctors to perform the procedures.

    Under the bill, which was tacked onto another measure dealing with Islamic law, abortion clinics would have to meet license standards similar to those of ambulatory surgical centers. According to legislative staff, only one clinic in the state currently meets that standard. The state’s four Planned Parenthood clinics don’t meet it. The bill would also require doctors to be present when women take drugs that induce abortions.

    The Senate approved the measure with a preliminary vote of 27-14. A final vote expected Wednesday would send the bill to the House, which has already passed some of the provisions included in the bill. It also sets up a sticky situation for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory who said during his campaign that he would not sign laws that further restrict abortions. If it passes, the bill could become law without his signature. McCrory’s office said Tuesday night that it had no comment on the bill.

    Read more here:

    If the governor signs it he can then be labelled as a liar.
    Look I’m against abortion because my faith says it’s wrong but this is secular law.
    What bothers me MOST about this is that the GOP has the majority so why the need for secretly attaching this to a bill about Sharia law in NC?

    If it smells bad it usually IS bad.


  • Guest, Just Another says:

    Really? Trampling the right to choose the sex of the baby by abortion? The right to NOT have a Dr present, so that anyone could do the procedure? Idiots

  • GuestAgain says:

    . . . have a RUDE awakening coming.

  • Guest7969 says:

    SURE about that? Seems to me they have done a great job so far with a few exceptions. MUCH better than the DemoRATS were doing!

  • Greenie says:

    I work in the healthcare industry. The regulations on any hospital, surgical center, or outpatient center are there to protect the patients. They are a pain in the ^$$ to comply with, but keep the playing field level and fair for all physicians involved. Personally, I find nothing wrong or sensational about this legislation. There are regulations, insurance requirements, and special scopes of practice for the guy who takes care of your ingrown toenail, why not for the significant pregnant female in your life?

  • SnatchHammer says:

    I grew up here. If this is what it means to be a conservative state, I think the liberal blue states are looking like a good option at this point. I’m even looking for a new liberal blue country as the theater of US politics is no longer apealing to me. If you step away and don’t watch the hours of news each day you kinda see both parties essentially do the same thing. The country is ruled and owned by corporations. Its time we as citezens take it back. Our system is truely broken.

  • Guest2020 says:

    It is scary that the conservative people cannot see that there is little to no difference between the republicans and the democrats. Neither party has our best interests at heart. The politicians don’t care what the will of the majority is. They only care about what will get them re-elected.

  • Southern Child says:

    Mr. Goolsby backs legislation relaxing the requirements for physicians in favor of midwives at full term deliveries but wants to require physicians at early deliveries. But then again he advertises that he will not support public monies for education “bureaucrats” (his word, not mine)in public schools while supporting charter schools that are pumping untold thousands to founders and other charter leaders with no oversight, many of whom have no education background whatsoever. A little consistency would be nice.

  • Guestmarvin says:

    ALEC’s made up of corporations that fund the campaigns of these politicians in exchange for anti-abortion, voter ID, and other disenfranchising, education-suppressing legislation. They don’t care a bit about saving babies. They will cloak it in “Christian” values to appeal to the base of the Republican party.

    The idea is to make the rich richer (tax cuts) , the middle class poorer and the poor desperate. Where else will they get their uneducated cheap labor and soldiers to fight their wars? An educated middle-class is their worst nightmare.

    Goolsby, Thom Tillis and a good number of the GOP legislature gets their backing from them. Bought and paid for.

  • dean bailey says:

    wake up nc citizens we need to do like citizens of Egyt, we need to overthrow the so called governor and his goons . its about time the republicans see what can happen. lets march on raleigh do like the citizens of Egypt. overthrow the republicans dean bailey

  • Beach Bum says:

    You sir are a scoundrel and skunk of the first order. NC State Government was duely elected by majority vote. Your words are seditious and libel. Perhaps you should move to a state that is more suitable to your yellowbelly blue state cowardly backstabbing tactics.

    Like California. Or Doucheachusetts. Or Kenya.


    The MAJORITY of NC voted the liberals out of office. Job well done.

  • dean bailey says:

    republicans like snakes only good ones are the dead ones i pray they drop dead or

  • Vog46 says:

    After 100 years of snakes you’re now willing to accept more snakes?
    McCrory was vehement during his debates with Dalton NO NEW ABORTION laws.

    If he veotes this legislation he’s keeping a campaign promise, and at that point the Legislature can over ride his veto.

    But if he does sign it he becomes a liar – a bold faced liar.
    Is that the “face” you want on your cause? A Conservative liar?
    We’ve had 100 years of lying already.
    McCrory was supposed to bring respectability back to the office.
    His budget is BIGGER than Perdues
    He’s raised some taxes already (gasoline) with more to come (sales)
    He’s given cronies big no huge pay raises
    He may himself turn out to be a liar

    Hell, we might as well bring back the Dems if this is what we get.


  • Guest2020 says:

    If you want all liberals out of office, you need to avoid voting for republicans just as much as you avoid voting for democrats. If you think that the republicans have your back, then you need to remove the wool from your eyes and take off your blinders.

  • Guestg says:

    IF the GOP politiicians believed this bill was the will of the majority, why did they sneak it in, tacked onto another law in the middle of the night on the eve of a holiday, allowing NO dissenting voices?

    This is not about saving babies. If it were, they would be actively increasing funding for education and Medicare. It is about controlling women’s lives.

    They are devious, women-hating cowards and we will not forget them in 2014.


    Poor baby bless your heart, Can we see your liberal tolerance again.

  • Guest12e123 says:

    You already had them in your sights in 2012. That didn’t work out to well for you did it. There are so many states that you and your kind would be more comfortable in. NC is holding on and not becoming one of the liberal blue states that you adore so much.

  • Guest7969 says:

    actually think this is a good compromise and really is only attacking abortions done “just because” I think all abortions murder an innocent child. However, I do understand abortions needing to be done in some instances.

  • SnatchHammer says:

    Actually I think the “Christian views” tend to cause more chaos. I would prefer everyone have the right to believe what they want, however it would be nice to not have “Christian Views” forced on anyone who doesn’t share their beliefs.

  • SnatchHammer says:

    call me crazy but if this is what a society based on Christian views and/or teaching, I’ll choose chaos.

  • guesty says:

    Liberals are like sponges, they only suck up resources and don’t give anything in return.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    Funny how you call for the death of Republicans while at the same time supporting a practice that is decimating the black race in American. I guess you libs are just sick all around.

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