Communications Department

North Carolina Legislature to Abortion Industry: ‘Enough is Enough’

Jul 28, 2011 | 2011 Press Releases

WASHINGTON – By a vote of 29-20, the North Carolina Senate today joined with the House of Representatives in overriding Governor Beverly Perdue’s veto of the Women’s Right to Know bill. The North Carolina House voted 72-47 on Tuesday to override Perdue’s June 27 veto of the legislation. The informed consent law will take effect 90 days from today.

“This is a tremendous victory for the mothers of North Carolina. In overriding Governor Perdue’s veto, the legislature has empowered mothers across the state by ensuring that these women receive vital information before making the life or death decision about abortion,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee. “History and experience show that when mothers are empowered with information, they choose life for their unborn children. Knowing this, the abortion industry has worked ceaselessly against this law – protecting its financial bottom line at the expense of North Carolina’s mothers. In overriding the governor’s veto, the legislature has said ‘enough is enough.’”

The informed consent law provides that a booklet containing scientifically accurate information about risks, alternatives and information on the development of the unborn child, compiled by the Department of Health and Human Services, be offered to the mother at least 24 hours prior to an abortion so that she might have the opportunity to read and understand the information. It also provides that an ultrasound image of the unborn child be displayed at least four hours prior to an abortion so that the mother might view the image.

“This common-sense law has been a legislative priority for North Carolina Right to Life for more than two decades, and they have finally succeeded in passing it. We thank the legislators who stood up for women’s rights this week and congratulate the countless right-to-life activists who tirelessly lobbied their elected officials to enact the Women’s Right to Know law,” Balch added.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right- to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia