The chorus of voices against the latest actions by the Republican controlled Legislature is growing louder. Today, house lawmakers heard impassioned testimonies about the bill, those for and against it.
HB 695, otherwise known as the abortion bill, calls for stricter health standards in abortion clinics. A UNC doctor against it said, "Abortion is held to a lesser standard than that applied to all other interventions. Abortion can cause bleeding, infection, and death. Advocates, in their zeal to support abortion, have advanced their cause by creating an image of abortion, that shields the public from the reality of abortion, including its short and long term risks."
Holding this hearing was an unusual and last minute move by house leaders. Normally when it gets voted in the Senate, the bill goes directly to the house floor. But lawmakers say they wanted to hear from the people on both sides of the issue.
Suzanne Buckley spoke during the public hearing and said, "This bill has nothing to do with women's health and safety. When legislation like this has been enacted in other states, this forced clinics to close their doors in every single state."
Something the sponsors of the bill believe will not be the case.
Next, lawmakers will be talking with the Department of Health and Human Services about what needs to be amended in House Bill 695. They couldn't give us a timeline about when the bill is expected in the house for a vote.