SB 353 now heads to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature. McCrory has already stated that he will sign the bill, despite his campaign promise not to sign into law any abortion restrictions.
Now that the legislature has the biggest item off its agenda, what will happen to the state’s massive anti-abortion bill?
As the legislative session draws to a close, the state’s motorcycle safety bill, which was amended with a number of unrelated abortion restrictions, remains stalled in committee.
As SB 353, the North Carolina motorcycle safety bill that was amended to include abortion restrictions, awaits review in the senate rules committee, Republican supporters of the bill, including Gov. Pat McCrory, are seeing increasing disapproval among both health-care organizations and voters in the state.
Rather than head to the floor for a vote, SB 353 is being sent to committee for review instead.
During the debate on the motorcycle safety act Thursday, the subject of motorcycles only entered the debate once. “I own a motorcycle,” said state Rep. Beverly Earle. “I want to let my motorcycle buddies know when I vote against this, it has nothing to do with them.”
Hours after the state’s Republican governor threatened to veto a Sharia law bill containing abortion restrictions, a state subcommittee took up a motorcycle safety act that was rewritten to add nearly identical anti-choice amendments.
While the committee debated the legislation, pro-choice activists met outside the capitol to protest government interference in personal decisions, building on the previous day’s Moral Monday protest, at which dozens of protesters were arrested.
HB 695 passed the North Carolina senate Wednesday in a 29-12 vote, adding North Carolina to the list of states that have in recent weeks circumvented the traditional legislative process to push through sweeping anti-abortion bills.
A bill meant to ban Sharia law has been amended to include multiple abortion restrictions that had been proposed earlier in the year.