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Ob-gyn organizations come out against abortion bills

Two organizations of ob-gyn doctors on Wednesday came out in opposition to two abortion-related bills: the legislation adding restrictions to abortion clinics and the proposal to require students be taught that abortion is a risk factor for premature births.

The state section of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the N.C. Obstetrical and Gynecological Society issued the joint statement.

“Both of these bills taken together have one purpose: To restrict the reproductive rights of women in North Carolina by interfering with the practice of medicine," ACOG Executive Vice President Dr. Hal C. Lawrence III says in the statement. “As we’ve seen in several other states, legislators in North Carolina are getting between women and their doctors. ACOG stands behind our ob-gyn colleagues in North Carolina as well as the women of North Carolina and urges politicians there to reject both of these measures.”

The abortion clinic bill, SB353, has been approved by the House but not yet calendared by the Senate. The curriculum bill, SB132, has passed the General Assembly and has gone to the governor.

Gov. Pat McCrory has said he would sign SB353, even though he said during the campaign he wouldn’t sign any new restrictions on abortions. Last week, McCrory clarified that he considered updating regulations on abortion clinics to be a safety issue and not a new restriction.

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