FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2015
Contact: Veronica Lark, [email protected] 202-223-8073
Dannenfelser: HB 465 ‘empowers women’ and ‘holds abortion businesses accountable’
Washington, D.C. — On Friday, Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC) signed into law HB 465, the Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015. This landmark law was the top legislative priority of SBA List and the North Carolina Values Coalition.
“This pro-life, pro-woman legislation empowers women and holds abortion businesses accountable,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “We are grateful to the North Carolina General Assembly for working together to protect women and children.”
The law – championed by SBA List National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus legislators – will ensure that mothers have at least 72 hours to reflect upon their options before potentially undergoing the life-altering decision of having an abortion. Further, the law closes the loophole in the state’s 20-week abortion limit so that only “medical emergencies” qualify for late-term abortions, ensures that only qualified physicians are permitted to perform abortions, ensures annual inspections of abortion businesses with the results publicly published, strengthens annual reporting requirements, and improves conscience protections for medical personnel who do not wish to participate in abortions.
“HB 465 is a major victory that will protect women and save the lives of unborn children in North Carolina,” said SBA List State Director and NC Values Coalition Leader Tami Fitzgerald. “Abortion is not ‘health care,’ and this bill recognizes that because abortion always ends a life, women should have time to contemplate its risks and consequences. We applaud members of the House and Senate for working together to create a strong pro-life, pro-woman bill.”
SBA List and NC Values Coalition led the charge to get HB 465 to the finish line. Its co-branded website, http://www.prolifenc.org/ serves as a hub for grassroots education and mobilization.
Susan B. Anthony List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.