Gov. Perdue Vetoes Extremist H.B. 854

Raleigh- NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina commends Governor Bev Perdue for her veto of H.B. 854, the so-called “Woman’s Right to Know” act. Without her action, this extremist legislation would have become law, drastically altering reproductive choice and freedom in our state. H.B.854 would have established extreme barriers to abortion care, including a 24-hour waiting period, a mandated ultrasound, and a requirement that physicians read women a script written by anti-choice politicians. It included no exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother.

While proponents claim this bill will give women the necessary time and understanding to decide whether to carry a pregnancy to term, it will actually create more barriers to accessing abortion, a legal medical procedure. It wrongly assumes that women make this decision lightly and with little consideration.

Executive Director Carey Pope says, “It is important to understand that women need abortion services for myriad reasons. Limiting those services in the name of women’s wellbeing is dishonest and ultimately harmful to women. Women overwhelmingly make the health decisions for their families, but according to these politicians women cannot be trusted to make their own health decisions. We applaud Governor Perdue for recognizing that this bill is nothing more than an attempt to further erode Roe v. Wade in North Carolina.”

We thank Governor Perdue for her courage and dedication to women’s health and civil liberties in North Carolina. We now look to the General Assembly to recognize the decision-making capabilities of North Carolina’s women by sustaining her veto.

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