North Carolina OKs bill for 72-hour wait period for abortion
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s governor says he’ll sign a bill that would make the state one of several with a 72-hour waiting period for abortions.
The state House gave final approval to the bill Wednesday, sending it to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.
McCrory issued a statement several hours later saying that he’s pleased with how the bill developed in the legislature over the past few days.
The bill adds other rules for doctors and clinics that perform abortions and includes several unrelated criminal justice measures.
Three other states have 72-hour waiting periods: Missouri, South Dakota and Utah. Oklahoma’s waiting period of that length goes into effect in November.
Since Republicans took over North Carolina’s legislature in 2011, the state has passed several laws aimed at limiting abortions.