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McCrory Threatens To Veto Abortion Bill
Written by Stephanie Hawco   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 05:06

RALEIGH - Governor Pat McCrory says he'll veto a bill that sets new standards for abortion clinics if the House and Senate don't address his concerns about it. The measure would require more medical supervision and establish standards for clinics similar to those of ambulatory surgery centers.

The governor said earlier this week that he supports measures that deal with patient safety, but believes that provisions regarding access need more scrutiny. “There are parts of the bill that could clearly cross that line where it could add further restrictions to access and I think that’s where we need further discussion and further debate.”

McCrory says all parties need to step back and give the bill careful consideration. “These are very complex and tough issues that deserve the discussion and deserve review and scrutiny and thorough examination and that’s what I’m asking for."

The Senate approved the wide-ranging abortion bill last week, but the House decided to put the proposal on hold until it can have more discussions with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Supporters say the bill protect patients by requiring more medical supervision and setting higher standards for clinics. Opponents say it would shut down all but one abortion clinic in North Carolina.

 
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