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Abortion bill awaiting decision by NC governor

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue must soon
reveal what she intends to do with legislation that would place
medical and time hurdles in front of women considering abortions.

Perdue has until midnight Monday to veto the bill or let it
become law without her signature. She could also sign it into law,
although that seems less likely as Perdue is an abortion-rights
supporter.

Her spokeswoman previously linked the legislation to what she
called an "extreme agenda" of the Republican-led General
Assembly.

The bill would require women who want an abortion to get an
ultrasound of their fetus and to wait 24 hours after receiving
counseling.

The Legislature could try to override any veto. Both the House
and Senate votes on the bill were one vote shy of a potential
override.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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