Target: Governor Pat McCrory
Goal: Do not restrict a woman’s right to choose
As the media focuses on the fight over abortion in Texas, a similar situation has developed in North Carolina. Republican Governor Pat McCrory has said in the past that he will not sign any bills that restrict abortions. He has tried to be neutral on the issue, but has been influenced by the republican-controlled Congress lately.
The Senate recently passed a bill that places restrictions on abortion. Similar to the bill in Texas, the North Carolina bill requires facilities that perform abortions to meet the standards of surgical centers in the state. Most of the 16 clinics in the state that perform abortions would have to close because they do not meet the standards. The bill has other new policies, such as the requirement of a doctor to be present when a woman takes abortion-inducing drugs. The new policies in the bill are designed to be restrictions on abortions, whether conservative legislators will recognize it or not. Women in North Carolina would face challenges when trying to get an abortion because many of the abortion facilities will have closed.
Governor McCrory has not stated his position on this piece of legislation. He said that when he reads the bill, he will say whether he agrees with the legislation or not. The bill still has not gone to the North Carolina House of Representatives yet, but it is likely it will pass there when it does. Urge Governor McCrory to allow a woman the right to make her own health decisions by signing the petition below.
Dear Governor McCrory,
When you became governor, you said that you would not sign any bills that would restrict a woman’s right to an abortion. It is evident that the bill that passed through the Senate recently restricts a woman’s right to choose. Most of the abortion clinics in the state would close, making it harder for a woman to have access to an abortion.
As of right now, you have not said whether or not you will veto the bill. Knowing that it does restrict a woman’s right to choose, you should remember what you had said when you took office about not restricting that right. The Supreme Court made a decision in 1973 to allow women to have the right to an abortion. It is time that the states respect that decision.
There is a fight in both Texas and in your state of North Carolina over abortion restrictions. Both states need to recognize that the federal government allows women to make their own health decisions. Governor Rick Perry of Texas said that he would sign the Texas bill that restricts abortion. Don’t let North Carolina be as backwards as Texas.
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