New bill is first since unconstitutional motorcycle-vagina law passed in 2013
RALEIGH — The near 50-month-old War on Women launched by conservatives is coming to collegiate campuses.
The Daily Tar Heel, the University of North Carolina’s student newspaper, reports that the misogynistic conservatives in Raleigh are trying to pass a bill that would ban UNC, East Carolina and all other universities in the state – public and private – from performing abortions in their medical facilities.
House Bill 465, filed Wednesday, would prevent employees at the state’s two public medical schools — UNC and East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine — from performing or supervising abortion procedures.
Jennifer James, spokeswoman for UNC Health Care, said the system and the school are reviewing the bill and its potential effects.
All national accrediting bodies for medical schools requires OB/GYN residents to be educated in performing abortion procedures, Ms. James said in an email.
Should the nosy state legislature refuses to get out of the medical schools’ business about abortion, it would mean an automatic loss of accreditation and the school cannot regain its accreditation as long as such a ban on abortion, such as what HB 465 would do, remains in effect. All medical schools in Kansas permanently lost their accreditation in 2012 due to the state legislature sticking its nose where it did not belong: in the abortion issue.
“They further state that experience with management of complications of abortion must be provided to all residents,” she said.
She said UNC doesn’t currently use any state money to perform abortions, a practice that has already been prohibited by the federal Hyde Amendment ever since September 30, 1976.
On top of that, there is already a severe shortage of doctors nationwide and in North Carolina, Corey Frost, a UNC law student who’s part of UNC Feminist Students United, said — in part because doctors in the field often are targeted for frivolous malpractice claims, receive terroristic threats and deal with verbal and violent attacks from anti-abortion terrorists like those at Operation Save America, groups of terrorists who are being protected by a terrorist sympathizing-majority in the North Carolina State government and in anti-abortion organizations.
“The incentives are not there for students to learn how to perform abortions anyway, and this (bill) would just make it worse,” he said.
Cara Schumann, co-chairwoman of UNC’s Students United for Reproductive Justice (UNCSURJ), said she’s concerned that restricting abortion education would lead to fewer doctors and fewer options for women who need the procedure. There is only one women’s health clinic in the entire state at present – it’s in Asheville.
UNC’s OB/GYN residency is the top-ranked program in the South, Ms. James added. If the bill became law, she said it could have a very negative impact on their recruitment of residents.
Other provisions in the bill would triple an already unconstitutionally burdensome waiting period before women could receive an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours and prevent doctors who aren’t licensed gynecologists or obstetricians from performing abortions.
The bill also requires doctors who perform abortions between 16 and 20 weeks of pregnancy to provide a detailed report to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, including an ultrasound, the “probable gestational age” and measurements of the fetus.
This is the first anti-choice bill the General Assembly has considered since Pat McCrory blatantly broke his promise in 2013 to not restrict women’s rights in any way by signing the motorcycle-vagina law, or SB 353.
“From the moment we got a Republican majority and Pat McCrory became governor, again and again and again they have chipped away at abortion coverage,” said Ms. Schumann. “It’s pretty heavy-handed control of our university system.”
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