North Carolina on Wednesday became the latest state in which a Republican-controlled legislature moved toward more restrictive abortion measures.
The state Senate voted 29 to 12 in favor of legislation requiring abortion providers to meet strict licensing standards that the vast majority of the state’s health-care providers don’t currently meet. The vote came one day after the language was added to an unrelated measure.
Republicans have big majorities in the North Carolina Senate and in the House, which has not voted on the bill. Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has not indicated whether he would sign the measure.
The governor criticized the legislative maneuvering involved in passing the measure. “When the Democrats were in power, this is the way they did business,” McCrory said. “It was not right then, and it is not right now. Regardless of what party is in charge or what important issue is being discussed, the process must be appropriate and thorough.”