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Abortion, pregnancy and guns: Looking at some relevant numbers and legislation in North Carolina

July 4, 2013

By Matthew E. Milliken
July 4, 2013

Legislation cracking down on abortions popped up suddenly in the North Carolina legislature Tuesday afternoon, much like one of the quick-striking storms that frequently punctuate the Tar Heel summers.

According to The News & Observer of Raleigh, state Sen. Warren Daniel argued that the legislation is needed for women’s safety. Women “deserve the right to walk into a clinic that’s clean and safe,” the Morganton Republican said in one article. Another article quoted Daniel as saying, “We’re taking away the rights of an industry to have substandard conditions.”

But opponents of the bill claim that it is intended to reduce women’s ability to terminate pregnancies, an activity that has been deemed constitutional ever since the Supreme Court’s controversial 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade. House Bill 695, which is called the Family, Faith and Freedom Protection Act, would require any clinic that offers abortions to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers. A Planned Parenthood representative told the N&O that none of its four facilities in the state currently comply with those regulations.

So how serious are safety concerns over abortion in North Carolina? As Daniel said, per the News & Observer, a Charlotte abortion clinic was shut down briefly this year because it improperly administered a drug. That’s one possible indication of problems.  Read the rest of this entry »

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