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House Committee Approves Longer Wait Time for Abortion


Women would have to wait longer in North Carolina before obtaining an abortion in a bill that a House committee is recommending.

A woman now must wait 24 hours after receiving information in person or over the phone from an abortion provider before having the procedure. The House Health Committee recommended a bill Wednesday expanding the waiting period to 72 hours.

Sponsor Rep. Susan Martin of Wilson says the measure is designed to protect the health of women but give them time and information to make an informed decision.

Democratic Rep. Verla Insko of Chapel Hill opposed the measure, saying it takes away a woman's right to have control over her own body.

A provision in the original bill to further restrict abortions at two medical schools was removed.

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