WAR ON N.C. WOMEN: HB 465 pass House
Unconstitutional bill would mandate three-day waiting period for pregnant people seeking abortions
RALEIGH — The War on North Carolina Women continues.
An unconstitutional bill that passed strictly on party lines would require a three-day waiting period for abortions in North Carolina, amidst widespread opposition from North Carolinians.
Opponents correctly say it’s a medically unnecessary delaying tactic that disrespects the woman’s right to control her own body.
“It was awful, it was painful, and it was sad. It was, and is, personal,” said Rep. Tricia Cotham (D-Mecklenburg/Charlotte) to the misogynistic House when she told the story of having to undergo an abortion while serving in the House due to a life-threatening medical complication caused by her first pregnancy, which was not viable. “This decision was up to me, my husband, my doctor and my God. It was not up to any of you in this chamber, and I didn’t take a survey.”
She shredded the conservatives in the General Assembly for “wanting to play doctor”. Rep. Cotham then correctly noted that the extended waiting period “sends a message of shame to women who may have endured abortion for reasons you don’t know.”
“Abortion is a deeply personal decision,” she finished to thunderous applause. “My womb and my uterus is not up for your political grab. Legislators – you – do not hold shares in my body, so stop trying to manipulate my mind.”
Rep. Verla Insko (D-Orange County/Hillsborough) said that assumption is demeaning to women and will pose an additional barrier to women “of modest means” who must often make travel arrangements to reach a provider.
“This bill is intended to protect women from themselves. We certainly can’t trust the woman or her family or her doctor or her pastor. The state knows best,” said Rep. Insko to applause.
Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe County/Asheville) tried to amend the bill to remove the requirement that doctors performing abortions near the end of the legal window must send the patient’s ultrasound to DHHS for examination. That attempt failed on a party-line vote.
“There is no other law in North Carolina that requires health care providers to provide copies of X-rays or ultrasounds to the state,” said Rep. Fisher. “Such images should remain in the hands of the woman’s doctor and personal medical file, not in the hands of the state.”
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously struck down a measure similar to HB 465, repudiating the North Carolina General Assembly in the process.
Women’s clinic re-opens in Asheville
ASHEVILLE — North Carolina finally has a women’s health care clinic.
With little fanfare, Planned Parenthood opened the clinic in Asheville on April 17, nearly eight years after an unconstitutional ban on abortion was upheld by the High Court.
“Currently we’re getting the word out by providing info to local providers in the area so they can refer patients to us if they find the need,” said Caitlin Owens, Health Center Manager for Planned Parenthood.
The services begin just as bill H465 passed the North Carolina House on Thursday