While Femcare has reopened less than a month after its license was revoked by the state, the Baker Clinic for Women, which also had its license revoked in July, has announced it will voluntarily turn over its license rather than attempt to meet new ambulatory surgical center requirements and reopen.
Femcare, the only North Carolina abortion provider that could for sure continue offering legal abortion care under the state’s new abortion law, was closed on July 31, but it is now waiting for another inspection to reopen its doors.
New polling by Public Policy Polling shows that Gov. McCrory’s total approval rating has dropped 26 percent in five months.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has suspended the licenses of three abortion providers since May; prior to May, only two clinics had been suspended since 1999.
A North Carolina abortion clinic has had its license suspended, but the move has nothing to do with new regulations that as of yet have not been defined or put into effect.
As protesters continued to demonstrate outside the governor’s mansion Tuesday, Gov. McCrory hand-delivered to them a plate-full of cookies—a gesture that many reproductive rights supporters have interpreted as condescending.
Reproductive rights advocates, led by the Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund of North Carolina, spent all day at the “veto vigil” to remind the governor of his campaign promise not to sign anti-choice restrictions into law.
Less than 24 hours after SB 353 was passed, Gov. Pat McCrory pledged to sign it into law.
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.
Thursday is listed as the last day of the state’s legislative session, but under state rules the proceedings could go on well beyond midnight. It could be a long night.