The “Woman’s Right to Know Act” (HB 854) likely faces a lawsuit from Planned Parenthood and other liberal organizations. The bill requires that women consult with a doctor, be given information on the different alternatives to abortion, receive an ultrasound, and be given a 24-hour waiting period before they are allowed to have an abortion.
Opposition of the bill has been very strong from many different sources. Sarah Preston, a spokeswoman for The American Civil Liberties Union has taken a firm stance against it saying it “shames and pushes a woman toward one decision instead of allowing them to make their own choice.” She also stated that the bill is “clearly biased” and a major problem with it is access.
I disagree; I do not see how access is an issue. The bill simply gives a woman one last chance to consider her options before making such an important decision.
HB 854 also received opposition from Governor Beverly Perdue. Perdue vetoed the bill calling the legislation “a dangerous intrusion into the confidential relationship that exists between women and their doctors.” Her veto, however, was historically overridden in the House by a 72-47 vote and in the Senate with a 29-19 vote. Advocates for Woman’s Right to Know have been working for decades to achieve this goal. This session, they were able to accomplish it. According to House Majority Leader Paul “Skip” Stam, it is estimated 3,000 to 6,000 children will be born as a result of the bill.