The North Carolina state Senate voted tonight on a measure that would add strict restrictions on abortions. The anti-abortion measures were tacked onto a Sharia law ban and the votes came in favor of the bill at 27-14. The final vote will be tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. The measure was brought up due to another slick move by Republicans who took the measure to task during a highly unusual late-day meeting.
Buck Newton (R-Wilson) said, “It just took a while for there to be a consensus of support for it within our caucus. Sometimes these things come together at the last minute.”
The bill requires abortion clinics to meet standards for licensure of ambulatory surgical centers. The bill would also require doctors to be present when women take the drug RU486, an oral drug that can terminate a pregnancy by interfering with the action of progesterone which also prevents the attachment of a fertilized ovum to the uterine wall. Again, it’s an oral drug.
Until 5:30 p.m., the measure on the committee’s calendar only reflected a bill that dealt with the family law provisions of the bill. That measure itself was controversial when it cleared the House, with opponents fearing it could interfere with recognition of U.S. law in foreign courts.
However, almost immediately, the committee took up an amendment to the bill that dealt with abortion.
“They’re doing it quietly on 4th of July weekend because they’ve seen what’s going on in Texas and know that women will turn out,” Melissa Reed, VP of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood Health Systems said, referring to the protests surrounding a similar bill in Texas. She said Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice advocates had no idea the measure would be taken up today.
Lobbyists with nonprofits that have religious or moral purposes, including the Family Policy Council, Christian Action League and N.C. Values Coalition, were in the room for the committee debate and the subsequent Senate floor debate. Senators noted that those lobbyists were given notice of the bill and its contents ahead of time.
By the fucking way, there is no Sharia Law in America, you paranoid fuckwits. I’m mad. Don’t judge me.