Group says NC abortion clinic rules fall short

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A group backing social conservative causes says proposed abortion clinic regulations released this week by North Carolina health officials don’t go far enough.

The head of the North Carolina Values Coalition also criticized Gov. Pat McCrory and his Department of Health and Human Services for getting input from abortion providers about the rules.

A 2013 law approved by the General Assembly and signed by McCrory gave the department authority to regulate clinics using standards like those for outpatient surgery centers “while not unduly restricting access.”

Some proposed rules follow those similar to surgery centers. Coalition executive director Tami Fitzgerald says the rules fall short of the legislation’s intent.

There’s now a 60-day public comment period. The legislature could still have the final say on what the regulations look like.

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