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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Senate is not expected to immediately act on a House bill further regulating abortion in North Carolina, even though Gov. Pat McCrory said he would sign it into law if it came across his desk, the Associated Press is reporting.

According to the AP report, Senate Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca said the measure will not be heard on Monday. The bill is in his committee and senators want to review the new language.

The measure directs state health regulators to apply standards for ambulatory surgical centers to the state’s abortion clinics. McCrory said last week he didn’t like an earlier version approved by the Senate earlier this month and threatened to veto it.

McCrory got behind the House version late last week. Abortion rights advocates say the bill would force many clinics to close.

Source: Associated Press