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NC House beats abortion rules veto, Senate next


Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina House is pushing ahead with legislation that would place additional restrictions on abortions.

The House voted 72-47 on Tuesday to override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of legislation requiring women to get an ultrasound and wait 24 hours after state-mandated counseling before an abortion.

The Senate must approve a veto override by a three-fifths majority before the abortion regulations would become law.

Perdue said she rejected the abortion restrictions as a needless government intrusion into what doctors tell women who have made a difficult choice.

Bill supporter Rep. Ruth Samuelson says the new restrictions will make abortions more rare. The Mecklenburg County Republican says legal abortions will also be safer by requiring doctors and clinics to have insurance and backup plans.

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

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