North Carolina

Abortions in North Carolina drop by 30% in wake of new restrictions, data shows

Abortions in North Carolina fell by more than 30% after the state enacted new abortion restrictions on 1 July, including a 12-week abortion ban, new data released on Wednesday by the Guttmacher Institute shows. North Carolina abortion clinics performed more than 4,200 abortions in June, but just 2,920 abortions in July. Nearby states did not see a comparable surge in abortions, suggesting that patients denied abortions in North Carolina had to self-manage their own – or simply went without.
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NC pharmacists emerge as new prescribers of hormonal contraceptives

"Work is underway to bolster access to contraception at pharmacies in an effort to combat ‘contraceptive deserts’ amid the post-Roe reproductive health care environment. Reimbursement poses barrier to implementation. A 31-year-old Asian American woman hopped into an Uber on a mission — to head to a pharmacy in New Bern to get birth control. Because of her family’s cultural and religious beliefs, she was not allowed to go to doctors’ appointments alone nor to ask for contraception. But pharmacists’ new ability to prescribe hormonal contraception in North Carolina gave her the opportunity to get connected to the pregnancy prevention method…
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Planned Parenthood seeks injunction for two sections of NC abortion law

"Planned Parenthood and a Duke Health doctor have renewed their request for a preliminary injunction against portions of North Carolina’s new abortion law. Documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court target two pieces of the law that otherwise took effect July 1. Meanwhile, the judge in the case rejected defendants’ request to delay the next hearing in the case. The new law permits abortions through 12 weeks of pregnancy, but blocks the procedure with exceptions afterward. U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles issued a June 30 order temporarily blocking one portion of the law, labeled the “IUP Documentation Requirement” in court paperwork. That…
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NC’s new abortion restrictions take effect tomorrow. Here’s what to expect.

"Beverly Gray, an OB-GYN at Duke Health who provides abortion care, expects that turning away people seeking abortions in North Carolina will be a daily occurrence beginning tomorrow, when the state’s new restrictions passed by Republican lawmakers take effect. Overnight, abortion access will significantly diminish as the time frame for seeking most abortions in the state drops from 20 weeks of pregnancy to 12 weeks..."
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North Carolina lawmakers send governor last-minute changes to state’s recently passed abortion law

"The North Carolina General Assembly on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that includes some last-minute changes to the state’s recently passed abortion law. The Republican-controlled legislature sent the bill to the Democratic governor’s desk, just a day before a federal judge is set to hear a motion seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the abortion law from taking effect. The new law, which bans most abortions after 12 weeks, is set to go into effect on July 1...."
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North Carolina was an abortion haven. With its new 12-week ban, the protection will vanish.

"So if North Carolina’s 12-week abortion ban takes effect July 1, the region will lose one of its last remaining access points for people seeking an abortion. While the law’s 12-week limitation will cut off access for people seeking abortions in the second trimester, clinicians are perhaps most worried about its other provisions: namely, a stipulation that people make two in-person visits to a clinic for an abortion, separated by 72 hours. More than a new time limit on abortion, they said, that provision will make it impossible for most people traveling from out of state to access care in…
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North Carolina lawmakers to decide on governor’s veto of 12-week abortion ban

"North Carolina’s Republican-majority state legislature will vote today on whether to overturn Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of a 12-week abortion ban. The move could deal a fresh blow to one of the last bastions of abortion access in the south, which has been significantly curtailed after the supreme court overturned Roe v Wade last year...."
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Local businesses encourage lawmakers to keep veto of new NC abortion bill

"Local businesses gathered in hopes of encouraging lawmakers to keep the veto of Senate Bill 20 and they say will save business. David Meeker invited some of his business colleagues outside of his business Trophy Brewing Monday to encourage the veto of the abortion ban bill...."
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