RALEIGH– This morning, the House passed HB 730 in a vote of 72 to 39. While HB 730 was amended to eliminate extremist language about contraception, the final version of the bill included three abortion provisions that would hurt NC women and families. “We are extremely disappointed that the majority of the members of the NC House put politics above women’s health when they approved the eleventh hour additions to House Bill 730,” said Suzanne Buckley, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina. “To call this bill ‘pro-choice,’ as Rep. Schaffer did this morning, is shameful and ridiculous,” she continued.
“Almost 90% of private health plans include coverage for abortion care. Now, the women of North Carolina will not have access to the full range of reproductive health services and the promise of the Affordable Care Act, which included historic health care benefits for women,” Buckley said. Research has well established that if we limit coverage options, we limit a woman’s ability to make the decision that is best for her family, her circumstances, and her personal life. “Politicians cannot possibly know the circumstances of every woman’s personal situation. Every pregnancy is different. These decisions are best left to a woman and her doctor. If we limit coverage options, we narrow the scope of options available to women, often, at great personal expense,” Buckley concluded.