Abortion Change Bill Gets First Senate Approval

Abortion Change Bill Gets First Senate Approval

7:34pm May 28, 2015
The Statehouse in Raleigh.
Jimmy Emerson, DVM via Flickr

A bill that would extend the abortion waiting period to 72 hours in North Carolina has moved closer to passage with a favorable vote on the Senate floor. The full Senate gave tentative approval to the bill on Thursday.

A version of the bill has already passed the state House, but that chamber would need to approve provisions added by Senate Republicans that include several criminal justice measures.

Under the waiting-period provision, women would have to talk to a doctor or other qualified professional 72 hours before having an abortion, unless there's a medical emergency. Several other states have 72-hour waiting periods.

The bill would also require a specialist in obstetrics or gynecology to perform the procedure.

A final Senate vote could come next week.

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