New abortion bill goes to House floor

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A bill that would make doctors liable for performing abortions in which gender plays a role is headed for the House floor after approval by the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, WRAL reports.

House Bill 716 would allow the parents, guardians or current or former doctors of a woman who seeks an abortion to sue the doctor who provided it if they believe the doctor had “knowledge, or an objective reason to know, that a significant factor in the pregnant woman seeking the abortion is related to the sex of the unborn child.”

“There’s been lots of evidence that it happens around the world,” said sponsor Rep. Ruth Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg. “We’ve done bills that show we believe there is sex discrimination in education, there is sex discrimination in employment. Why wouldn’t we believe there would be sex discrimination in abortion?”

The proposal passed the committee on a party-line vote, 6-2. Its next stop is the House floor.

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