HB 465, this year's abortion bill, is a Frankenstein Bill. It started out ugly and after some attempts to pretty it up it's still ugly as sin. It's hard to keep track and after the shenanigans of the Motorcycle Vagina bill a couple of years ago, we know it's not over til it's over.
In Chapter 1, On April Fool's Day, four Stepford wives in the NC House introduce a bill to (1) extend the mandatory waiting period to 72 hours, (2) ban any doctor who is not an Ob-GYN from performing abortions and (3) ban ECU and UNC from performing abortions or teaching abortion care. All under the guise of supporting a woman's right to choose and protect her health.
Chapter 2: The ban on teaching and performing abortions at ECU and UNC is dropped, along with the requirement that only Ob-Gyn's can perform abortions. A new provision requires doctors who perform abortions after 20 weeks to report to the Dept. of Health & Human Services why the abortion was necessary (NC has a 20 week abortion ban except for "substantial risk" to the life or health of the woman). The House passes the bill.
Chapter 3: In a cynical political move, Republicans in the Senate amend HB 465 to include some common-sense criminal justice provisions that had been proposed by Democratic Senator Jeff Jackson of Charlotte. Other (bad) amendments reinstate the Ob-Gyn only rule and add a requirement that ultrasounds for women who have abortions after 18 weeks must be sent to the DHHS.
Chapter 4: The Senate passes HB 465 after removing the Ob-Gyn-only requirement and changing the DHHS collection of ultrasounds to include those of women who have abortions after 16 weeks. The 72 hour wait remains intact.
What remains to be seen: What will the House do next? And what will Governor McCrory do? Regardless, women lose again.