North Carolina abortion laws

pat mccrory
Governor's office

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory explained Thursday why he does not think that signing new abortion regulations violates a campaign promise.

When McCrory was a candidate for governor, a moderator asked him this question during a debate:

"If you're elected governor, what further restrictions on abortion would you agree to sign? I'll start with you, Mr. McCrory," she said.

"None," McCrory replied.

But a bill passed this week will be the second one restricting abortions that McCrory will sign. 

NC General Assembly

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services proposed new rules for abortion clinics Monday. Abortion rights advocates are still studying the rules, but they're offering cautious praise for how they were developed.

New Abortion Restrictions Take Effect

Sep 30, 2013
NC General Assembly

Starting October 1, some women will have a harder time getting an abortion. That's because most parts of a controversial abortion bill take effect.

The abortion law passed this summer means that city and county employees will now have to pay for an abortion out-of-pocket because their insurance plans will no longer cover them.  

And other government insurance plans, like the health insurance exchange options offered through the Affordable Care Act, also can't cover abortions.

NC General Assembly

This week, WFAE is taking a closer look at laws the North Carolina General Assembly passed during the session that ended last week. Yesterday, we examined gun legislation. Today, we're explaining the new abortion regulations.

This was controversial legislation, as abortion bills usually are. There were people upset about how it was attached to an unrelated bill. And then there's the content of the bill itself, which Governor McCrory signed Monday.

The North Carolina Senate passed a bill Wednesday with new restrictions and regulations for abortion clinics. Republicans behind the bill say those are necessary steps for women's safety. WFAE's Michael Tomsic looked into that claim.