Raleigh, N.C., Aug 1, 2013 / 01:03 am
Pro-life advocates are praising North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for signing into law a multi-part pro-life bill that rasies abortion safety regulations in the state.
"While we pray for the day when there is no longer a need for any clinic that performs abortions, this bill is a positive step," Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh said.
"But there is more to be done. We will continue to witness, advocate, educate and most importantly pray for the protection of all human life. Our work is ongoing."
The bill bans sex-selection abortions, in which an unborn child is targeted for her or his sex; "telemedicine" abortions, in which a doctor prescribes abortion drugs remotely; and insurance plans that cover abortion from the state insurance exchanges now required by federal law. The health care plans of county and city governments may no longer cover most abortions.