Abortion-rights groups are worried that Republican legislators will try to override rules proposed for North Carolina abortion clinics that activists contend balance patient safety with access to the procedure.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Representative Susan Fisher of Buncombe County was among several Democratic lawmakers and a physician to speak at a news conference yesterday at the Legislative Building. Fisher says every woman needs access to safe and legal abortion care. Meanwhile, Representative Rick Glazier of Fayetteville says he was pleasantly surprised by the rules offered by the McCrory administration in carrying out a 2013 state law.
Some social conservatives say the regulations don't go far enough. The legislature could pass a bill blocking their implementation. Two key Republicans say they did not expect an effort to block the rules, but bills could seek incremental changes.