The NC abortion law was signed by North Carolina's governor today.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the NC abortion law was met by protests in North Carolina. At the same time, a judge ruled that "choose life" license plates are not allowed in North Carolina.
The N.C. abortion law was controversial because it was added onto a bill intended to address Islamic Sharia law. Critics of the NC abortion law claim it would end "access to medical abortion; it could shut down a large number of providers in this state." On the other hand, supporters of the NC abortion law claims it "is about protecting women's health. It's about making abortion clinics safe."
So how does the new North Carolina abortion law make women safer? The NC abortion law revises safety standards for abortion clinics, requiring them to upgrade to the medical standards of an ambulatory surgical center, which cost about $1 million more to build than an abortion clinic. About half the states in the US have passed similar requirements for abortion clinics.
Other abortion limitations of the North Carolina abortion law prevents abortions for gender selection. Also, the presence of a doctor is now required when an abortion is being performed. Healthcare providers can opt out for covering abortions, and Obamacare state exchanges cannot cover abortions either.
Critics say these higher standards will cause most of North Carolina's abortion clinics to close. Governor McCory defended his decision to sign the North Carolina abortion bill into law despite previously promising never to approve new abortion restrictions:
"These higher standards will result in safer conditions for North Carolina women. This law does not further limit access and those who contend it does are more interested in politics than the health and safety of our citizens."
What do you think about the NC abortion law? Do you think North Carolina's abortion clinics will close, or will women be safer?