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.
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.
As anti-choice bills fly through the legislature, we are counting on Gov. McCrory to stand up to the anti-choice leadership in the legislature and make good on his campaign promise to not support any new restrictions on abortion access.
The sponsor of the ban on alleged gender-selection abortions is no stranger to abortion restrictions.
Advocates predict that Gov. McCrory may “[keep] his word in a literal sense, while absolutely scamming North Carolina voters in every other sense.”