Abortion

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About a week after North Carolina’s stay-at-home began in late March, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police confronted protesters outside an abortion provider in east Charlotte. Saying the group violated the limit on mass gatherings, CMPD arrested eight anti-abortion rights protesters.

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Two anti-abortion groups have filed a lawsuit against the city of Charlotte, alleging unlawful harassment, arrest, and citations.

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Police issued a dozen citations and made eight arrests outside a women’s clinic in southeast Charlotte Saturday after they say protesters were violating North Carolina's statewide order banning mass gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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GREENSBORO — Seven people have been charged with violating stay-at-home orders while protesting Monday outside an abortion clinic in Greensboro, authorities said.

SC Supporters Of Abortion Restrictions Vow To Keep Fighting

Jan 15, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C.  — Supporters of a bill that would ban almost all abortions in South Carolina want some leaders in the South Carolina Senate to know they won't let the proposal quietly die.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A group of moderate senators restored exceptions for rape and incest on Tuesday to a measure to ban nearly all abortions in South Carolina, sending the bill to the state Senate floor for a potential 2020 election year fight.

Federal Judge Blocks Alabama's Strict Abortion Ban

Oct 29, 2019
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama's near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month, saying the law, part of a wave of new abortion restrictions by conservative states, is clearly unconstitutional.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina Senate subcommittee has stripped protections for women who become pregnant from rape or incest from a bill that would outlaw abortions in that state after about six weeks of pregnancy.

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Local anti-abortion groups are considering filing suit after the Charlotte City Council voted to limit amplified sounds outside medical facilities, such as a heavily-protested women's clinic in east Charlotte.

Three-quarters of Americans say they want to keep in place the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Roe v. Wade, that made abortion legal in the United States, but a strong majority would like to see restrictions on abortion rights, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.

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About 100 supporters of abortion rights rallied Monday outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, often confronting opponents of abortion.


Fact Check: Are Abortion Survivors Covered By Existing Laws?

Apr 21, 2019

Some of the rhetoric surrounding a new North Carolina bill gives the impression that laws don't already protect newborns who survive an abortion.

The "Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act," or Senate Bill 359, instructs physicians and nurses to care specifically for newborns who survive an abortion.

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a measure written by Republicans and backed by social conservatives that addresses a doctor's responsibilities if an abortion results in an infant born alive.

North Carolina's legislature gave final passage Tuesday to a bill to require doctors and nurses to care for babies born alive during a failed late-term abortion or face big penalties, a measure opponents deemed legally unnecessary and a threat to abortion providers.

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North Carolina Republican lawmakers could soon reach their first legislative showdown with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper since his party increased House and Senate seat totals during the last elections.

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The abortion debate is intensifying in North Carolina over a Republican measure supporters say will ensure doctors care properly for live babies delivered in unsuccessful abortions.

South Carolina lawmakers have passed legislation out of committee that would ban almost all abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected which is typically around the sixth week of pregnancy.

A federal judge has overruled a North Carolina law banning abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Senate debated Thursday whether to ban nearly all abortions in the state, a surprise move suggested by a Democrat who has long fought abortion restrictions.

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A large anti-abortion march took place in front of an east Charlotte women's clinic Saturday. The demonstration was organized by a group called Love Life Charlotte, and occurred outside A Preferred Women's Health Clinic.

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The saga over parking and traffic violations outside of an abortion clinic in Charlotte marched on at City Council this week. The clinic had wanted there to be a parking ban on the street in front of the facility, but instead there will be a higher CMPD presence. WFAE’s Mark Rumsey spoke with Sarah Delia for an update.

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The city's police and transportation department will not restrict parking outside a women's clinic in east Charlotte, City Manager Marcus Jones said at Monday night's city council meeting. The decision was made following a months-long push by abortion rights activists to ban street parking outside the clinic, to the objections of abortion rights opponents.

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The Charlotte Department of Transportation says it is “evaluating” whether to enact a ban on street parking outside a women’s health clinic in east Charlotte. The ban would primarily affect a number of anti-abortion groups that have been staging near-daily protests outside the clinic for at least the last 12 years.

High Court Ends Appeal Of NC's Abortion Ultrasound Law

Jun 15, 2015

North Carolina has lost its appeal of a case involving abortion providers having to show pregnant women an ultrasound of their fetus. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will not take up case.

The Republican-backed law required doctors to show and describe ultrasounds to pregnant women considering an abortion. 

With the pending U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage expected, and the issue of whether North Carolina magistrate’s should be allowed a ‘religious objection’ to performing same-sex marriages, the culture wars over social issues are still being fought in earnest.

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The North Carolina General Assembly has passed a bill that requires a 72-hour waiting period for abortions.

The state House gave final approval to the bill Wednesday, sending it to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's desk. The bill adds other rules for doctors and clinics that perform abortions and includes several unrelated criminal justice measures.

Three other states have 72-hour waiting periods: Missouri, South Dakota and Utah. Oklahoma's waiting period of that length goes into effect in November.

A state House committee has passed a bill that would lengthen the mandatory waiting period before a woman could have an abortion.

A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina’s law that says abortion providers must show pregnant women an ultrasound of their fetus.

The three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals was unanimous: North Carolina’s law violates the First Amendment.

The ruling says the law is “quintessential compelled speech” that “forces physicians to say things they otherwise would not say.”

New Abortion Restrictions Take Effect

Sep 30, 2013

Starting October 1, some women will have a harder time getting an abortion. That's because most parts of a controversial abortion bill take effect.

The abortion law passed this summer means that city and county employees will now have to pay for an abortion out-of-pocket because their insurance plans will no longer cover them.  

And other government insurance plans, like the health insurance exchange options offered through the Affordable Care Act, also can't cover abortions.

Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would place more requirements on clinics that provide abortions in North Carolina.

While some legislators say the measure is not as restrictive as a similar bill passed in the Senate last week, abortion-rights advocates say this measure could seriously restrict womens’ access to the procedure.

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