NC Republicans bring abortion bill fix to panel


    Associated Press

    RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina House Republicans are trying to change an abortion bill after Gov. Pat McCrory threatened to veto the proposal.

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    A House judiciary committee heard proposed changes Wednesday, particularly on alterations made by the Senate last week directing regulators to develop abortion clinic standards similar to those used to regulate outpatient surgery centers. McCrory’s health department was worried about the requirement that a doctor be physically present for the entire surgical procedure.

    Charlotte Republican and bill supporter Rep. Ruth Samuelson says the administration is on board with the changes. No one from McCrory’s team immediately spoke about the bill at Wednesday’s committee meeting.

    Parliamentary procedures would ultimately require additional House and Senate votes before the changes would go to McCrory’s desk.

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