Following in the footsteps of states like Texas, North Carolina is on the verge of enacting critical new pro-life policies that likely will result in the closure of abortion clinics in the state.
In one omnibus bill, the state legislature has:
- Expanded conscience protections for medical professionals who oppose abortion on moral and religious grounds
- Outlawed most abortion coverage in local government health care plans and in Obamacare health insurance exchanges
- Banned sex-selection abortions
- Required an abortionist to be physically present during the procedure or while administering the abortion drug
- Paved the way for new rules and regulations to be written updating the medical standards for abortion facilities, requiring them to meet the same standards as outpatient surgery centers
The bill now heads to Gov. Pat McCrory, who has signaled that he will sign the bill into law, despite a campaign promise that he would not sign any legislation further restricting access to abortion.
Abortion advocates claim that the legislation will result in the closure of 15 of North Carolina’s 16 abortion mills.
Much of the debate also has focused on how safe abortion is in North Carolina. We know for sure that it’s completely unsafe for one individual — the unborn child.
The legislation got a boost when state the Department of Health and Human Services recently closed abortion mills in Charlotte and Durham due to unsafe conditions. If liberals truly value the health of women, shouldn’t they be first in line to ensure that clinics adhere to the highest standards possible? The reality, of course, is that safety takes backseat to the liberal orthodoxy of abortion at any time, for any reason, at the taxpayer’s expense.
With a Republican-controlled legislature and governor’s office for the first time since Reconstruction, North Carolina has enacted a number of other key reforms as well, including scrapping a progressive income-tax system in favor of a flat tax.
Not bad for a state that voted for Obama in 2008. We Tar Heels have become contrite over our former sins and are seeking redemption.