RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) -- Republican lawmakers have decided to adopt new North Carolina abortion rules just before the end of the session. That's according to our sister station WTVD in Raleigh.
The final vote was 32 to 13.
The bill gives the state Department of Health and Human Services the authority to regulate abortion clinics with the same standards as outpatient surgical centers "while not unduly restricting access."
Lawmakers are expected to close their annual session early Friday.
Gov. Pat McCrory threatened to veto abortion regulations that didn't leave the rules to the judgment of the state health agency. The Republican governor said that legislation crossed the line between protecting patient safety and restricting access to a legal medical procedure. McCrory said during his campaign that he would not sign any new abortion restrictions into law.
NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, Planned Parenthood and others said they delivered petitions Thursday containing the signatures of tens of thousands of residents who oppose the proposed new regulations.