Target: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
Goal: Don’t enact severe restrictions on abortion access.
Abortions could become much more difficult for cisgender women and other people with uteruses in North Carolina to get, and for doctors to perform, if legislation currently being voted on in the state’s legislature becomes law. Private healthcare decisions should not be decided on by the state. Demand that this legislation be vetoed without a second thought when it arrives on the governor’s desk.
House Bill 465 is a far-reaching anti-choice bill designed to make it as difficult to perform or get an abortion as possible. The proposal would enforce a 72-hour waiting period on all people trying to get an abortion, a common anti-choice tactic employed by conservatives that often forces the person seeking an abortion to endure days of emotional turmoil, with the ultimate goal being to guilt them into abandoning the procedure altogether.
Additionally, the bill would force doctors who perform abortions to send their patients’ private medical records to the state. This provision is designed to open up doctors to litigation from state officials who, after reviewing the patient records, could allege that a given abortion had been performed too far along in the pregnancy. The ultimate goal of this is, of course, to intimidate doctors into refusing to perform abortions in the first place.
The provisions laid out by House Bill 465 are not medically necessary and represent nothing but an encroachment at the hands of anti-choice conservative lawmakers. Sign the petition below to demand that North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory veto this regressive bill at once when it arrives on his desk.
Dear Governor McCrory,
I am writing you today regarding House Bill 465, a proposal currently working its way through your state’s Republican-controlled legislature. It is bound to arrive on your desk very soon, and when it does it should be vetoed without hesitation.
When you were campaigning for the governorship of North Carolina, you made a promise not to place further restrictions on abortion in the state. This bill, unfortunately, would do just that. Not only would it force cisgender women and other people with uteruses to wait a brutal and emotionally-tumultuous 72 hours before they can get the procedure, it would also open the door for state-sponsored lawsuits against doctors who perform the procedure—ultimately intimidating many doctors into not performing abortions at all.
At one point the proposal even included a provision banning the teaching of abortion procedures to OB-GYN medical students at one of your state’s most prominent medical schools, but thankfully it was removed after much public pressure. Though that particular piece is no longer a threat to the people of North Carolina, it does demonstrate just how desperate this bill is to curb access to abortions in your state.
None of the provisions included in House Bill 465 are sound medicine or medically necessary for the safety of patients—they represent nothing but biased political overreach into the health and welfare of North Carolinians. I demand that you stay true to your campaign promise and veto this restrictive bill when it arrives on your desk.
[Your Name Here]
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