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Abortion Waiting Period Bill Goes to McCrory; Lawmakers Override 'Ag-Gag' Veto

The North Carolina General Assembly has passed a bill that requires a 72-hour waiting period for abortions. The state House gave final approval to the bill Wednesday, sending it to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's desk. The bill adds other rules for doctors and clinics that perform abortions and includes several unrelated criminal justice measures.

Reia Chapman of SisterSong speaks at last month at Charlotte’s Pearle Street Park. Planned Parenthood, NARAL, medical professionals and concerned citizens, held the news conference to launch a statewide tour of a 20-foot billboard urging Gov. McCrory to veto any new abortion legislation. During his 2012 campaign, McCrory answered “none” when asked what further abortion restrictions he would sign if elected governor. CREDIT DAVIE HINSHAW / CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

Three other states have 72-hour waiting periods: Missouri, South Dakota and Utah. Oklahoma's waiting period of that length goes into effect in November.

Since Republicans took over North Carolina's legislature in 2011, the state has passed several laws aimed at limiting abortions, including the current 24-hour waiting period.

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