Three years ago, a good friend of mine discovered that she was pregnant. She was also Ssngle, working a job that barely covered her living expenses and dealing with a man who had a less than stellar reputation of being dependable. A pregnancy, she’d said, was the last thing she needed. Sure, she could’ve gotten government assistance to take care of her child, but she wanted to have a stable life — like the one she had while growing up — and a father in the home.
She acknowledged that she made a mistake, slipping up with her birth control, getting caught up in the moment and not using protection properly. One thing she knew for sure: There was no way that she could afford to take care of herself while pregnant (her job didn’t offer adequate health insurance) and she definitely could not care for a child. She made the hard decision to have an abortion.
Watching as she struggled with that decision proved something that I’ve always thought: This is the hardest thing that a woman will ever have to decide.
But. It. Should. Be. That. Woman’s choice.
Thank you, North Carolina for injecting yourself where you don’t belong.
Governor Beverly Perdue used her veto power to try and put a stop to this law but Thursday, the Republican-led legislature voted to override the Governor's move.
Now women seeking abortions have to follow a checklist of steps first.
Both sides of the abortion issue in North Carolina weighing in.
"There is a victory for life today and I couldn't be happier," said David Hains with Catholic Voice North Carolina.
But pro-choice advocates said this is dark day for women across the state.
"This is a tragedy for women in North Carolina," said Melissa Reed, Vice-President of Development for Planned Parenthood North Carolina. "For a woman of very little means, she may have to take two or three days off work, find childcare for her other children."
The new law makes three major changes: there is now a 24 hour waiting period after women seek an abortion, they must receive state mandated counseling and view an ultrasound of the fetus beforehand. Even after viewing the sound, women will have to wait additional four hours before the procedure is performed.