What does it take to get my sister and me up at 4:30 am during a holiday week to travel to Raleigh for a legislative session? The Family, Faith, Freedom Protection Act is jam packed with important pro-life legislation. Knowing it was up for a vote in the NC Senate compelled us to be there as a voice for the unborn.
As soon as the bill number was read, we heard a baby cry out. Looking around, we did not see a newborn but were aware that many of the pro abortion protesters that showed up had brought babies and children. That sweet baby’s cry was a reminder, as the life-saving legislation was read, of the silent cries of thousands who are killed each day in this horrible American holocaust.
A handful of the protestors outside of the gallery held up clothes hangers to show their disdain for the bill. Some Democrat senators were saying the bill would return us to days of back alley abortions. Senator Daniel addressed those concerns, saying “We are not here today to take away the rights of women. We are here today to keep an industry from providing substandard care to women.”
You would think even those who are pro-choice would support improving safety measures at abortion clinics. Is there a reason they do not?
“It’s quite expensive, and the costs are quite enormous to comply with these things,” said Melissa Reed, vice president for public affairs for Planned Parenthood Health Systems. She described the legislation as “cost-prohibitive” for providers.
The pro-life provisions in the bill are as follows:
- Prohibit sex selection abortions which 76% of North Carolinians support (Civitas March 2013 poll) and 85% of Americans support (Polling Company April 2013 poll) (6 states currently have banned sex selection abortions)
- Opt out of abortion in the federal exchange and the city and county employee health plan except for the life of the mother and in cases of rape and incest. An April 2011 CNN poll found 61% oppose public funding for abortion, consistent with other poll done by other groups. (22 states have opted out of the federal exchange)
- Require physicians to be physically present to prevent web cam abortions and the misuse of abortion inducing drugs. Read the recent articles about an abortion facility in Charlotte that is misusing drugs and the doctor is not physically present to administer them: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/31/4076086/charlotte-abortion-clinic-remains.htmlhttp://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/15/4041009/charlotte-abortion-clinic-shut.htmlhttp://www.catholicnewsherald.com/42-news/rokstories/3519-state-regulators-shut-down-latrobe-abortion-mill (13 states have laws preventing web cam abortions, with Missouri to be the 14th state on July 14.)
HB 695 is going to be heard in committee on Tuesday at 10 am and will likely be sent for a vote on the House floor that afternoon (probably around 2pm). We urgently need pro-lifers to show up in Raleigh. Please plan to stay all day if you can, but if you can’t, come for the House session. Please wear light blue to show your support for life. If you plan to come, you can RSVP here on the Facebook event. If you have any questions, you can contact me on Facebook or at email@example.com
This will be the biggest abortion showdown in the history of North Carolina. Will you be there to stand up for life?
The legislative building is located at: 16 W. Jones Street Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
If you’re not able to come, please email or call your Representative and ask them to support HB 695. If they’re supporting it, please thank them for doing so! You can look up who your Representative is and their contact info here. Many of the legislators are courageously taking a stand for life, and it’s important for them to know we are standing with them.
By: Jennifer Mauney
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