Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed a bill that would have required women seeking abortions to wait 24 hours after state-mandated counseling and to undergo ultrasounds.
In a statement, Perdue said the bill would interfer with doctor-patient relationships.
“This bill is a dangerous intrusion into the confidential relationship that exists between women and their doctors," she said. "The bill contains provisions that are the most extreme in the nation in terms of interfering with that relationship. Physicians must be free to advise and treat their patients based on their medical knowledge and expertise and not have their advice overridden by elected officials seeking to impose their own ideological agenda on others.”
This is Perdue's 10th veto of the year.
Rep. Ruth Samuelson, a Charlotte Republican and the bill's sponsor, said in a statement that Perdue missed a chance to make abortions safer and rarer.
"We are now in a minority of states that require no special informed consent for abortion and that is shameful, especially with a female governor," Samuelson said. "Having come this far in leadership, Gov. Perdue should have even greater respect for the ability of women to make careful choices when given adequate information. Yet, she made no attempt to work with us in this effort to make abortion safer and rarer, a goal even many abortion advocates support."