Lt. Gov. Forest talks about big issues from legislative session

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Lt. Gov. Dan Forest stopped by our studios this afternoon ahead of a town hall meeting he’s hosting tonight in Wilmington.

From abortion regulation to voter ID, we asked Forest about controversial issues.

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Forest says he does not expect there will be any negative impacts on the state’s voting process if Gov. Pat McCrory signs a bill that would put restrictions on who can vote and cut early voting by seven days.

He also addressed the abortion bill McCrory signed into law yesterday. The new law requires the same standards for abortion clinics as those for outpatient surgical centers.

“I think the law is doing what it says it’s supposed to do,” Forest said. “It’s protecting women and women’s healthcare issues. It’s saying this is a surgical procedure, and any surgical procedure that goes on in our state should live up to ambulatory care facility standards.”

Forest says the Department of Health and Human Services will write the new standards.