WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – For the second week in a row Senator Thom Goolsby’s office became the site of Moral Monday protests in the Port City.
"I think a substantial majority of the population believes that women should be able to make choices for themselves, and this bill is clearly an attack on that,” said Richard Poole, chairman of the New Hanover County Democratic Party.
While the voice of the protestors is loud and clear outside of his office Senator Goolsby openly wonders what they’re even talking about.
"I don't really know what they're protesting, and I think they're a little confused on the facts themselves,” said Sen. Thom Goolsby. “I'm always happy to answer people's questions and queries, but I have to know what they are, and they have to be based in reality."
We asked protestors what exactly they didn’t like about the bill and while some didn’t know right away, others say they have a solid idea.
"There's very nonspecific language about suitable facilities for the performance of abortions,” said Susan Kranyik. “They want it to be like an ambulatory surgery center, which is ridiculous. I've had tons of real surgeries, and an ambulatory surgery center is not something that you would need to go to have a very, very early trimester abortion."
Democratic Representative Susi Hamilton is the only representative from our area to vote no on House Bill 695 and Senate Bill 353.
House Republicans Rick Catlin, Ted Davis, and Chris Millis voted for House Bill 695 and Senate Bill 353. So far protestors have not targeted them.