North Carolina Moves Closer to 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

Democrats might say Republican women are waging war on women in North Carolina. Two female legislators have successfully argued women who want abortions should be forced to wait three days before the procedure could be performed.

Pro-life advocates say the legislation should be seen as a triumph for women and their children.

However, if they do still want an abortion after the 72-hour waiting period, women might not be able to find a doctor in North Carolina to do the abortion. At least that’s what pro-life advocates seem to be hoping for.

Women who desire to end their pregnancies in an abortion clinic might also face a challenge soon that would even be more daunting thanks to those female GOP legislators. The women have also proposed legislation that could stop medical schools from teaching students how to perform abortions.

State Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer (R) sponsored legislation that would extend the 24-hour waiting period before an abortion in North Carolina to 72 hours. She said women need to be given the opportunity to change their minds, or “cool off” just like people do when they are making a decision to buy a new home.

“We see waiting periods all throughout areas of our society in the medical context as well as in the real estate context, in the, you know, issues relating to marriage,” Schaffer said in a YouTube video. “The poorest decisions that we make are the ones that we make under pressure and on impulse and so we want to ensure that women have ample amount of time to receive that information so that they can make the best decision.”

“We believe we have come to a decision on this language that really does empower women and promotes the health and safety of women as they are making these important decisions,” she added. “So we believe that this is truly a bill that those that are both pro-life and pro-choice can get behind.”

State Rep. Michele Presnell (R) supported Schaffer’s proposal.

“These young girls, when they go in there, some of them very abrupt, very quickly they make that decision that they’re going to get rid of this baby,” she told Raw Story. “This baby at five weeks has a beating heart. When you have an abortion you stop that beating heart. I don’t agree with abortion in any way.”

Tami Fitzgerald, the executive director of he North Carolina Family Values Coalition, told the Citizen-Times the legislation would be good for both women and children.

"It will give women the opportunity to further consider an important decision that will impact the rest of their lives," she said. "We know Roe v. Wade is the law, but as long as abortion is legal, it should at least be safe.”