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RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — The NC House of Representative voted today in favor of the latest version of legislation addressing abortion rules.

The bill passed by a vote of 74 to 41. It now heads to the NC Senate.

“It is extremely disappointing that House members have approved such sweeping restrictions on women’s health care options just one day after this proposal was unveiled to the public,” said Sarah Preston, the policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. “This legislation is not designed to protect women’s health; it is designed to shut down clinics and restrict access to comprehensive and often lifesaving health care, pure and simple.”

Earlier in the day, the chamber set aside three hours to discuss a measure that would increase standards for abortion clinics and require doctors performing abortions to remain physically present during the surgery or as a patient takes a drug to induce abortion.

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