Governor Pat McCrory now says he’d sign the House version of a restrictive abortion bill.
The recent House version allows the medical professionals at the Department of Health and Human Services to write the rules which will ensure women’s safety,” McCrory said in a statement his office released. “I want to thank those who worked on an improved bill which will better protect women while not further limiting access.”
The announcement brought criticism from abortion-rights advocates and Democrats, who have been poised to strike if the governor appears to retreat from the position he staked out during a campaign debate last year saying he would not sign any new abortion restrictions into law.
McCrory said he doesn’t consider the provisions in the House bill that increase regulation of abortion clinics to be in conflict with his campaign promise because the regulations simply need updating to ensure patient safety. The last time the state updated the regulations was in 1994.
However, restrictions on clinics via new regulations, make it tougher for them to operate and, just as in Texas, will result in a number of them closing. This obviously restricts women’s access to abortion.