In another surprise move surrounding controversial abortion legislation in the state General Assembly this week, House members have tacked on revised abortion restrictions to a motorcycle safety bill without public notice.
The committee reportedly gutted the unrelated bill, SB 353 - formerly dealing with motorcycle safety - and inserted provisions from HB 695 into it.
Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, tweeted during the meeting Wednesday morning, "Abortion bill being heard in the committee I am on. The public didn't know. I didn't even know."
"It is a disgrace to North Carolina that legislators have again resorted to sneak attacks to move their anti-women's health agenda forward," said Melissa Reed, vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Health Systems.
"Once again, there was no public notice that this bill would be heard. The public and even many legislators on the committee only learned this was a possibility at 9:57 a.m. (three minutes before the committee was to meet) when a political reporter was tipped off and posted it on Twitter. This is outrageous and not how the people's business should be conducted."
The revised bill was not immediately available to the public.
North Carolina House Republicans were trying to change an abortion bill after Gov. Pat McCrory threatened to veto the proposal this morning.
A House judiciary committee heard proposed changes Wednesday, particularly on alterations made by the Senate last week directing regulators to develop abortion clinic standards similar to those used to regulate outpatient surgery centers. McCrory's health department was worried about the requirement that a doctor be physically present for the entire surgical procedure.
Parliamentary procedures would ultimately require additional House and Senate votes before the changes would go to McCrory's desk.