Governor McCrory has done the right thing by vetoing ag-gag and religious discrimination. There are a few more things that need attention - the environment, voting rights, education, expanding Medicaid .... The top of my list: the latest attack on access to abortion.
Attention to this bill has mostly focused on the proposed 72 hour waiting period - which is medically unnecessary and insulting to women who are totally capable of making their own moral decisions without intrusion from politicians.
But the big problem with this bill is is the mandate that only board certified obstetricians and gynecologists are allowed to perform abortion. Current law requires a licensed physician, but does not limit it to Ob/Gyns.
Here in NC family medicine doctors and other physicians perform abortions - and in some states physician assistants and nurse practitioners do as well.
Despite the images that many of us carry in our minds, abortion is a very low-risk medical procedure. There is no precedence for limitations on which kinds of health care providers can provide which services - including vasectomy and child birth. The only reason to limit abortion practice to Ob-Gyns is to reduce the number of abortion providers, limit access, and drive up the cost.
Every woman deserves access to high-quality, compassionate, nonjudgmental care provided by qualified providers. HB 465 does nothing to make this happen.
To top it all off Governor McCrory made a campaign promise that he would not sign any new abortion restrictions into law. He's broken that promise once. This time he should keep his word.