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NC House committee approves new version of abortion bill

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RALEIGH, N.C.  — A House committee has approved a potential fix for an abortion bill from the Senate to address the concerns of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory about whether it would restrict women’s access to obtain the procedure.

According to WTVD, the judiciary panel approved a substitute measure Wednesday on a party-line vote in favor of Republicans. Democrats voting no argued the changes would still result in abortion clinics closing and criticized the process that led to the committee vote with no advance notice.

GOP backers of the abortion bill told WTVD that McCrory approved the new language after threatening earlier Wednesday to veto the bill if it reached his desk.

In a statement, McCrory’s office said “unless significant changes and clarifications are made addressing our concerns that were clearly communicated by DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, Governor Pat McCrory will veto the existing bill, HB 695, if it is passed by the House and Senate.”

During his campaign, McCrory said he would not sign any bills that impose additional restrictions on access to abortions for women. At a news conference earlier this week, he left open the possibility he might sign legislation that protects the health and safety of women seeking abortions.

McCrory called that a fine line, and expressed his concerns that House Bill 695 crosses into imposing additional access restrictions.

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