North Carolina GOP Tack Multiple Abortion Restrictions Onto Sharia Law Bill

Republicans in the Texas legislature have held not one but two special sessions to try and pass anti-choice legislation. Ohio Republicans bundled their abortion restrictions into the yearly budget bill to avoid debate. Now, in North Carolina, a bill meant to ban Sharia law has been amended to include multiple abortion restrictions that had been proposed earlier in the year.

HB 695, titled the “Family, Faith, and Freedom Protection Act,” was written to protect the state from the influences of “foreign law.” The bill was modified to include a ban on abortion coverage in insurance offered in the state health exchange, a ban on sex-selective abortions, changes to the Women’s Right to Know Act that would require a physician to be present during both surgical and medication abortions, additional protections for health-care providers who have “conscience” objections to assisting with abortion care, and a requirement that abortion clinics be held to the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, requiring a transfer agreement with a local hospital, among other things. In short, the Sharia law bill combines a number of the pending abortion restrictions proposed throughout the North Carolina legislative session into one massive omnibus bill.

The revamped bill was unveiled late Tuesday evening; lobbyists in favor of the bill were reportedly being given notice prior to the evening’s committee meeting, but the bill’s opponents were not, according to “This is a cowardly move intended to silence pro-choice voices because they know that if they show their extreme agenda in the light of day, they’ll hear from us,” Suzanne Buckley, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, said in a statement. “Within minutes of introducing these amendments, they’ve land on the Senate floor for a vote—in so little time that North Carolina’s pro-choice majority won’t be able to weigh in with the very legislators who represent them.”

The state senate is taking the bill up for a full debate and vote Wednesday at 9 a.m. (Livestream available here.)

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  • fiona64

    I am really tired of idiots worrying about “Sharia Law.” I guess they don’t know about the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution.

    Or, what they really want is to implement their own brand of the same thing: a Christian theocracy.

  • Rachel

    “However, when the committee convened at 5:30 p.m., it quickly took up
    an amendment to revise the bill to include the regulations on abortion.

    ‘They’re doing it quietly on Fourth of July weekend because they’ve seen what’s
    going on in Texas and know that women will turn out,’ said Melissa Reed,
    vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood Health Systems,
    referring to the protests surrounding a similar bill in Texas. She said
    Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights advocates had no idea the
    measure would be taken up Tuesday.

    Lobbyists with nonprofits that have religious or moral purposes, including the Family Policy Council, Christian Action League and North Carolina Values Coalition, were in the
    room for the committee debate and the subsequent Senate floor debate.
    Senators noted that those lobbyists were given notice of the bill and
    its contents ahead of time.”

    This is absolute bullshit. They’re sneaking this shit through left and right – but the question is WHY?? ALEC? Is this a diversion so we don’t notice something else going on? While I do believe they get their jollies off pissing off women, the louder we scream and all, and I really don’t think this is all about their love of babies, there has got to be some alternate agenda for why this is happening. Are they sending more of our living children off to conflict and this is their way of drafting new soldiers? Through forced births? It wouldn’t surprise me. War is BIG business.

    • GMS

      I’d also like to know why. I guess the religious right offers up a lot of voters, but there was literally no pro-choice senators privy to the changes that could have given NARAL or PP a heads up?

    • Valde

      I concur, about ALEC

      I believe that the abortion legislation is just a distraction from the real stuff that ALEC is getting passed under the radar.

  • Cules

    How much longer are women going to tolerate this ? These are legislators not doctors.

  • Minecraft

    I think the drawback law and also if you look at the benefits that it brings me see also relatively large. These mixed opinions of course and always decided in the government.

  • Minecraft

    Limitations and positive, I think a bill that will also encounter this problem. Skin problems we choose how to best suit the actual social and solve the most pressing problems.