Raleigh, N.C. -The State House approved new restrictions on abortion clinics in North Carolina after three hours of debate.
This version calls for standards of surgery centers to apply to abortion clinics and requires a doctor to remain present for an entire surgical abortion. A physician must also be present when a woman takes the first dose of abortion drugs.
The measure also prohibits gender-selective abortions, curbs abortion insurance coverage and expands conscientiously objection to participate in abortions.
The bill now returns to the Senate.
This follows the drama that unfolded on the Senate floor Wednesday. Governor Pat McCrory threatened to veto the proposal, and then without notice, a House Judiciary Committee altered the abortion restrictions. The modifications were passed by the Senate and dumped into a bill related to motorcycle safety.
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