North Carolina Lawmakers Could Pass Bill Outlawing Abortion After 13 Weeks

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Republican North Carolina legislators have proposed a bill that could outlaw abortion after 13 weeks as New York State Democrats made headlines last month for passing a bill that allows abortion up to birth if the health of the mother is threatened.“We need to work together towards eliminating abortion not expanding it to the point that we kill infants in the hospital beds,” Rep. Keith Kidwell, R-Beaufort, who sponsored House Bill 28, said in a statement cited by WRAL last Thursday. “Lax laws have resulted in nothing short of genocide, so today we’re here to send a message.”

Kidwell told WRAL that because the U.S. Supreme Court won’t decide when life begins, he wants to set it at “quickening,” or the first fetal movements. North Carolina currently bans abortion after 20 weeks, except when the mother’s life or physical health is threatened.

If House Bill 28 is passed, the new law would go into effect on Dec. 1, 2019. The law would also make North Carolina the state with the earliest abortion ban in the U.S., according to Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Alison Kiser.

“This is a medically unnecessary and arbitrary cutoff to a woman’s ability to access safe and legal abortion care,” Kiser told WRAL.

North Carolina Republican legislators also proposed House Bill 22, which would require doctors to tell women that abortions induced by taking the drug mifepristone can be reversed halfway through.

Kiser argued, however, that the reversal isn’t supported by reliable science.

“To be clear, the proposed course of treatment in this bill has not been proven by any credible research or medical evidence to be effective or even safe,” she told WRAL.

“This is just more of the same from anti-abortion legislators in North Carolina who will really stop at nothing to shame a woman’s decision to end a pregnancy and whose ultimate aim is to ban all safe and legal abortion,” Kiser added.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair