Following Gov. Pat McCrory’s confirmation on Friday that he will sign the omnibus abortion bill the Legislature sent him last week, abortion-rights advocates are planning a two-day vigil outside of the executive mansion in Raleigh on Monday and Tuesday.
The Planned Parenthood protest is expected to last at least 12 hours each day – from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – to make a statement and serve as a last-ditch effort to convince McCrory to change his mind. Organizers contend McCrory would be going back on his word if he signs the bill because he made a campaign promise that he would approve no new restrictions on abortions. He contends the bill provides safeguards, not restrictions.
The legislation would require the state to develop new, stricter regulations of abortion clinics, which some contend could put them out of business. It would also deny insurance coverage for abortions for those participating in the coming state health insurance exchange, or for city and county employees; prohibit abortion for sex selection; and allow some additional medical personnel to refuse to participate in abortion procedures as a matter of conscience.
Also, the final “Moral Monday” mass protest will happen this week, even though the General Assembly left town on Friday.