Under the Dome

McCrory speaks out on classroom abortion bill, pistol permits, taxes

Gov. Pat McCrory, speaking in Greensboro on Friday, tipped his hand on a coule of controversial bills that could be headed to his desk for approval.

As reported by The Greensboro News-Record, he said he wants county sheriffs to continue to issue pistol permits, rather than leave background checks to the federal database system. He’s also in favor of requiring middle-school students be taught that abortion is a risk factor for premature births.

His remarks prompted NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina to issue a statement Saturday criticizing McCrory for his stance on SB 132, the classroom abortion bill. During the campaign for office, McCrory flatly said he would not support any new restrictions on abortion.

“By signing this bill, Governor McCrory will be going back on his campaign promise and sending a message that he can’t be trusted to stick to his word,” Suzanne Buckley, executive director of the state NARAL chapter, said in the statement.

While there’s no doubt the bill is part of an anti-abortion strategy to chip away at women’s right to have the procedure, it’s hard to argue SB 132 imposes any restrictions on abortion.

There are other bills that would, but none of them have cleared the General Assembly yet. The most far-reaching, SB 308, would require doctors remain on the premises until an abortion patient is released, and would require those doctors to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. The bill has not moved from the Senate Rules Committee.

HB716 would allow doctors to be fined heavily and sued if they perform abortions based on the gender of the fetus. That bill has cleared the House and is in Senate Rules.

HB730 would expand protection to health-care workers to refuse to perform abortions, and allow employers to decline to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. The bill has cleared the House and is in the Senate Insurance Committee.

McCrory in Greensboro also said he doubted the landfill restrictions rollback bill would pass, and that he opposes raising the maximum speed limit to 75 mph, the News-Record reported.

The governor also said that if the House and Senate can’t agree on a tax overhaul plan within the next two weeks they should forget it for now.


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