North Carolina Abortion Bill: It Would Prevent Medical Students From Learning How to Perform Abortions.
For the past few years, Republicans at the state level have passed a frenzy of abortion restrictions while arguing that they’re doing it to protect women and make abortion safer. North Carolina state Rep. Pat McElraft says as much about her latest bill, HB 465: “There’s no effort here to try to restrict a woman’s right to have an abortion,” she told WRAL. “What we’re trying to do is make her care competent.”
Except that the bill would ban medical students from learning how to provide that competent care. On top of extending the waiting period for an abortion to 72 hours and banning anyone but OB-GYNs from performing abortions, the bill also bans the University of North Carolina and East Carolina University from providing abortion training to medical students.