Requirements for clinics to meet ambulatory surgery standards were the only alteration. Below are the sections from the two bills for comparison:
SECTION 6.(c) The Department of Health and Human Services (Department) shall amend its rules pertaining to clinics certified by the Department to be suitable facilities for the performance of abortions under G.S. 14‑45.1. The rules shall ensure that standards for the clinics certified by the Department to be suitable facilities for the performance of abortions are similar to those for the licensure of ambulatory surgical centers. These rules shall address the on‑site recovery phase of patient care at the clinic as well as the requirement for a transfer agreement between a clinic and a hospital. No later than January 1, 2014, the Department shall report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services on its progress in amending the rules.
SECTION 4.(c) The Department of Health and Human Services (Department) shall amend its rules pertaining to clinics certified by the Department to be suitable facilities for the performance of abortions under G.S. 14‑45.1. The Department is authorized to apply any requirement for the licensure of ambulatory surgical centers to the standards applicable to clinics certified by the Department to be suitable facilities for the performance of abortions. The rules shall ensure that standards for clinics certified by the Department address the on‑site recovery phase of patient care at the clinic, protect patient privacy, provide quality assurance, and ensure that patients with complications receive the necessary medical attention, while not unduly restricting access. The Department may issue temporary rules, in addition to its permanent rulemaking authority, to enforce this subsection. No later than January 1, 2014, the Department shall report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services on its progress in amending the rules.
I gotta say, I was a bit shocked to realize that NC did not require that already. Now our clinics won’t have that level of service and safety required. The changes leave the door open to make it optional by saying the department is ‘authorized’ instead of ‘required’. Gee, that’s supposed to be progress for women’s health?
Also added to 353 was a rather sensible oversight policy that follows the changed passage I posted above:
SECTION 4.(d) The Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulations, shall study what resources the Division needs to adequately enforce regulations for clinics certified by the Department to be suitable facilities for the performance of abortions. By April 1, 2014, the Department shall report the findings and any recommendations of this study to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services and the Fiscal Research Division.
We’ve got such classy and melodramatic Representatives here in NC:
“The end result will be that we will go back to the days of the dark alleys and the coat hangers,” offered Rep. Alma Adams (D) District 58.
Not really surprising of Adams to say actually. Her gift isn’t her knack for funny hats, it’s for exploitation of whatever is on deck at the moment. The #motorcyclevagina hashtag was just astoundingly stupid. The only ‘hogs’ I see are pro-aborts pigs complaining they have to wait 24 hours to snuff out their kid. Also, I think Kay Hagan probably has some apologizing to do. The rest of the pro-aborts whining on Twitter really add a dash of stupid to their morally bankrupt cake:
— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) July 11, 2013
The term ‘sneak attack’ kept popping up. In fact, that seems to be what started the latest round of womyn screaming; a Democrat on the Judiciary Subcommittee B tweeted out his ‘surprise’:
New abortion bill being heard in the committee I am on. The public didn’t know. I didn’t even know. #ncga
— Joe Sam Queen (@JoeSamQueenNC) July 10, 2013
“New abortion bill”? Disingenuous statement at best. Are you saying you don’t know what goes on in your own committee, Sir? They met the night prior, where were you? This was no surprise, but it sure got Rep. Queen some attention:
— Joe Sam Queen (@JoeSamQueenNC) July 10, 2013
Here he is doubling down a bit:
The bill that was reviewed yesterday was just using political maneuvers to limit access to healthcare – that does not create safety — Joe Sam Queen (@JoeSamQueenNC) July 10, 2013
“Political maneuvers”? No. Procedural ones.
The circus created by militant abortion supporters and various media outlets that are more interested in smear jobs than facts is not likely to abate for a few days, but at least the legislation is moving forward. Most of these folks do not understand why the new language was taken from HB695 and put into S353. Not shocking; judging from the hysterics and hyperbole, it would seem perhaps many didn’t read the bill the first time.
Anyway, here is a quick rundown as to the ‘how and why’ the adjusted abortion language was added to S353:
- HB695 had abortion related language added to it via an amendment.
- That bill was threatened with a veto by Governor McCrory unless some of the language was changed. The portion on ambulatory surgery standards was dropped.
- The changes were made, but it would require more passes through committees. Indeed, HB695 now sits in the Ways and Means committee.
- The new version of the abortion language from HB695 was added to S353 for the sake of expediency. It saved it from becoming a badminton birdie in committees and likely not passing before the end of the current session.
- This is not unusual, not surprising, not a sneak attack nor is it outside the rules or procedures. Both parties do it in every state and on the national level.
Of course, you won’t see local or national media making that last point. It doesn’t fit the narrative. Claiming that this was ‘sneaky’ is just priceless, really. Anyone making that claim is the one who is truly perpetrating a fraud.
This was basically confirmed by Rep. Jordan in his reply to my request for a statement on S353:
For the record, there was plenty of debate:
— Tim Boyum (@BoyumNews14) July 11, 2013
UPDATE: NC Right to Life has issued a statement.
“NC Right to Life fully supports this legislation. In particular, we support the opt-out for the federal exchange that will keep NC taxpayers from paying for abortions. Also, there’s a provision that doctors be present for the administration of abortion-inducing drugs. This will prevent the “web-cam ” abortions that Planned Parenthood could bring into our state. These are commonsense provisions that are supported by a majority of North Carolina’s citizens.”
UPDATE II: Linked at Sister Toldjah – THANKS!