Two branches of NC government have wrangled over recent proposed pro-life legislation. Governor Pat McCrory weighed in by threatening a veto if changes were not made. As a result, a judiciary committee met and made some minor changes, then added all of the pro-life provisions to S353. The bill was heard during session on Thursday afternoon.
As the gallery filled up to hear three hours of debate from both sides, those in blue represented those in favor of S353 and those in pink were opposed.
Some opponents appeared wearing shirts with the letters SHAME. Democrats built on this theme and tried to make a case that S353 would take away “women’s rights”. Republicans countered that the pro- life bill is about protecting a woman’s health by increasing safety standards at abortion clinics.
Republicans supported their arguments with strong evidence. It is shocking to learn that standards have not been updated since the 70s-90s. Rep Schaffer produced extensive documentation to prove NC has a reoccurring problem of blatant disregard for the safety and health of women at abortion clinics. According to Schaffer, our current standards are so lacking, that they pale in comparison not only to ambulatory surgical centers, but shamefully to animal clinics/shelters as well.
Somewhere during the lengthy debate, the person who was the bearer of the letter E in “Shame” disappeared from the gallery, leaving the letters spelling out “SHAM” instead. It was interesting timing since pointing out the abortion industry’s sham was a highlight of the debate for Republicans.
Rep. McElraft chided Democrats for their hypocrisy. How can they overlook substandard clinics by making the excuse that bringing them up to standard would be cost prohibitive? McElraft pointedly questioned whya poor woman should not have the same right as someone who has a lot of money. The answer was found when she pointed out Planned Parenthood’s true agenda “It’s ALL about money” said McElraft. “It’s about abortion on demand at ANY cost to the women.”
Rep. Samuelson passionately defended the need for this bill: “People are dying in abortion clinics. We are not going to wait until women die in an abortion clinic before we raise the standards.”
By: Donna Mauney
Donna is a homeschooling mother of eight children, 5 biological and 3 adopted. She became involved in politics when she started homeschooling, in order to protect her rights as a parent and freedom to homeschool. Since then she has been active in several campaigns on a grassroots level.
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