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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Shame on you, Governor Perdue, for Vetoing the Abortion-Woman's Right to Know Act

North Carolina Right to Life Expresses Strong Disapproval at Governor Perdue’s Veto of Woman’s Right to Know Bill
Greensboro, NC – (June 27, 2011) North Carolina Right to Life, the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), expresses strong disapproval at Governor Perdue’s veto of H854, the Abortion - Woman’s Right to Know bill, which would have ensured that women seeking abortions are given non-judgmental, scientifically accurate information about their developing unborn child prior to obtaining an abortion.
“I would like to express publically my disappointment that Governor Purdue has chosen to override the express will of the people and their elected representatives by vetoing this bill,” stated Barbara Holt, President of North Carolina Right to Life. “While our elected representatives courageously voted to give women real choice and their unborn babies a chance at life, Governor Purdue has cowardly catered to the powerful pro-abortion lobby in vetoing this bill. It is an unspeakable tragedy that thousands of innocent young lives will be lost and women’s lives irreversibly shattered simply because they never had the opportunity to view an ultrasound of their unborn baby or be given scientifically accurate information about him or her,” she added.
The bill passed the NC House by 71 to 48 and 29 to 20 in the NC Senate. North Carolina would have joined twenty – five (25) other states with similar informed consent laws for abortion. The law would have required that every mother be given an opportunity to view an ultrasound of her unborn child prior to an abortion. It also would have required the state to create a website where mothers can learn mre about the development of their unborn children, alternatives to abortion, and a list of places where they can obtain a free ultrasound.
North Carolina Right to Life is the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nation’s largest single issue pro-life group. North Carolina Right to Life works through education and legislation to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and assisted suicide.

LINKS to news stories about Perdue's veto:
News and Observer
News Story on ABC Local

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Session Ends with Passage of Pro-Life Bills

The North Carolina House adjourned on Saturday, June 18, after passing Rep. Mitch Gillespie's "Choose Life" License Plate bill H289, "Authorize Various Plates."  This bill was the last of the several pro-life bills supported by North Carolina Right to Life to get through the legislature in the waning days before adjournment.

The "Choose Life" plate was attacked by amendments offered by both House and Senate Democrats who wanted to keep the plate from being offered by the NCDMV.  Democrats in both chambers offered an amendment to include a "Trust Women..Respect Choice" plate in Rep. Gillespie's bill with the proceeds from the sale of the plate going to Planned Parenthood.  These amendments in addition to other gutting amendments offered by the Democrats failed.

There was one amendment in Senate Finance that almost derailed the the bill because it would have prohibited full color license plates. While the amendment did pass the Finance Committee and the bill passed the Senate 41-9, the House voted 108-0 not to concur.  The negotiations that followed between Rep.Mitch Gillespie (R-McDowell) and Senator Bob Rucho (R-Mechlenburg), brought a compromise that allows the Choose Life plate to have its special full color plate design until 2015.  The compromise passed the Senate 29-11 at 12:56 AM on June 18 before the Senate adjourned, and then passed the House 68-44 at 11:42 AM just before it adjourned.

The bill also provides for a study committee:

"The Department of Crime Control and Public Safety and the Department of Transportation shall study whether, for purposes of effective law enforcement, full-color special license plates should continue to be authorized or be phased out, with all special license plates being on the First in Flight background.  The study shall also include an estimate of the replacement costs and recommendations for funding those costs. 

The Departments shall report their findings and make recommendations to the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee on or before the convening of the 2012 Regular Session of the 2011 General Assembly.  The Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee shall make any legislative recommendations based on the study to the 2012 Regular Session of the 2011 General Assembly."

Based on the recommendations of the study committee, the phase out of the full color plates could be repealed, allowing the plates to remain full color for those which qualify by statute.

Earlier in the week, on Wednesday, June 15, the Senate Rules Committee passed the Abortion-Woman's Right to Know Act along party lines, allowing the bill to go straight to the Senate floor on the supplemental calendar for that day.  Just as in the House, Democrat legislators spoke against the bill. All Democrats and one of the Republicans, Senator Stan Bingham (Davidson), voted against the bill. Senator Richard Stevens (R-Wake) did not vote.

The bill passed its second reading (29-20) and third reading on a voice vote without a single amendment being offered. It was ratified on June 16; then, presented to the Governor on June 17.  Governor Beverly Perdue has 10 days to either sign or veto the bill.  If she does neither, the bill will become law automatically after 10 days.


Call Governor Perdue at 1-919-733-4240 to ask her to allow the Abortion-Woman's Right to Know to become law. 

When the person answers the phone, say that the voice mail is full and you would like to leave a message. 

Then say, "I strongly support the Abortion-Woman's Right to Know H854 and ask the Governor to allow the bill to become law." 

Be sure to give your name. Pass the word to all your pro-life family and friends.


H854 Abortion Woman's Right to Know

H289 Authorize Various Plates