North Carolina passes restrictive abortion bill
North Carolina's senate has passed a restrictive abortion bill. It was passed by their House of Representatives earlier this month. Planned Parenthood called on the governor to veto the legislation.
The bill would place requirements on clinics that family planning advocates say would make it hard for them to stay in business. Among the requirements is the presence of a doctor when an abortion is being performed. The bill would also allow North Carolina's Health Department to make temporary new rules for the state's 31 abortion clinics as it sees fit.
It also prohibits government-administered insurance plans, such as those under the affordable care act, from paying for abortions though it makes exceptions when a pregnancy endangers a woman's life.
Governor Pat Mccrory is expected to sign it.