Post-abortion bills moving at North Carolina legislature

April 11, 2019 - 4:03 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's conservative bloc at the General Assembly is pressing ahead with legislation addressing what happens should an abortion result in a live birth.

Identical House and Senate bills that cleared separate committees on Thursday require physicians and nurses to care for children born alive after the procedure and threaten them with criminal charges and monetary damages if they don't. At least one of the measures likely will receive a floor vote next week.

Anti-abortion activists and legislative allies contend the bills are needed to address the situation where an abortion provider leaves a newborn to die. But abortion-rights groups say that doesn't occur, and the bill is designed to intimidate physicians and stigmatize abortion.

Republicans see the legislation as countering stronger abortion-rights legislation in other states earlier this year.

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