Greetings from Family Research Council!
We wanted to share the following information with you from our friends at the North Carolina Family Policy Council. If you have previously received this message, please simply disregard this second contact. We did, however, want to make certain that you, your friends, and your neighbors would be aware of this very critical information.
We encourage you to join the North Carolina Family Policy Council in making your voice heard today!
Major Pro-Life Bill Hangs in the Balance
As the 2013 Legislative Session enters its final weeks, one of the most important pro-life bills to come before state lawmakers in decades hangs in the balance. What's more, this legislation (with minor exceptions) has already passed both chambers of the N.C. General Assembly at least once. Please contact Governor Pat McCrory and your state legislators and urge them to pass this critical legislation before the session ends!
"I cannot stress enough how important it is for citizens to contact Governor Pat McCrory and their state lawmakers about this vital pro-life legislation," said John L. Rustin, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council. "These life-saving measures are only one vote away from passage, and our Governor and state legislators need to hear from pro-life citizens about the necessity for these provisions, which are designed to protect the health and safety of pregnant mothers and their unborn children in North Carolina!"
Who Do I Call and What Do I Say?
- Call your elected legislators in the state House and state Senate and ask them to pass the omnibus pro-life bill currently pending in the N.C. General Assembly (see instructions below to obtain your legislators' contact information).
- Call Governor Pat McCrory at (919) 814-2000 and ask him to sign the omnibus pro-life bill once it passes the N.C. General Assembly.
It is very easy to determine who represents you in the N.C. House and N.C. Senate:
- Click Who Represents Me? to go to the N.C. General Assembly website;
- Enter your address and city in the search bar above the "North Carolina House of Representatives" and "North Carolina Senate" maps;
- Click on the portion of the map that contains your address, and a window will pop up that contains your N.C. House and N.C. Senate District numbers;
- Click on "Open Member Page," and this will open a window with contact information for your Representative and Senator. (The phone number near the top is their legislative office phone number and is the one to call.)
Currently, two omnibus pro-life bills are pending in the N.C. General Assembly:
House Bill 695-Family, Faith & Freedom Protection Act: On July 2, the Senate Judiciary 1 Committee combined three pro-family, pro-life bills that had already passed the House (H695-Foreign Laws/Protect Constitutional Rights, H730-Insurance & Health Care Conscience Protection, and H716-Clarify Law/Prohibit Sex-Selective Abortion) along with provisions requiring a physician who is to perform an abortion to be physically present "during the performance of the entire abortion procedure" or "when the drug or chemical is administered to the patient," and directing the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) to amend its regulations to ensure that abortion clinics in North Carolina meet similar requirements to those of ambulatory surgical centers. The following day, the full Senate passed H695 by a vote of 29-12. On July 9, the House Health & Human Services Committee held a hearing on H695, and during that committee meeting DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos raised several questions and concerns about the implementation of the provisions added by the Senate. On the morning of July 10, Gov. Pat McCrory issued a public statement that he would veto H695 unless language was included in the bill to address the concerns raised by Secretary Wos. H695 was subsequently referred to the House Ways & Mean Committee where it remains.
Senate Bill 353-Health & Safety Law Changes: On July 10, the House Judiciary Subcommittee B took up S353, a bill originally dealing with motorcycle safety. The committee adopted a committee substitute for S353 that combined most of the contents of H695 (except for the foreign law provision) with language to address the concerns of Secretary Wos and the Governor. The following day, S353 was debated for 3 hours on the House floor and then passed the chamber by a vote of 74-41. When the bill returned to the Senate for concurrence on July 15, it was referred to the Senate Rules Committee where it currently resides.
Both bills are only one vote away from passing the General Assembly and heading to Gov. McCrory's desk for his signature. The Governor has said he would sign S353 in its current form, and he has indicated he would sign H695 if the legislature also approves language that addresses the concerns raised by Secretary Wos, which are currently not included in the bill.
Please act by contacting your legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory in support of this critically important pro-life legislation!
Thank you for standing with us and the North Carolina Family Policy Council to protect and defend Faith, Family, and Freedom!