North Carolina Motorcycle Abortion Bill Passes State House

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The Republican-controlled North Carolina House pushed through anti-abortion legislation on Thursday, using as their vehicle a motorcycle safety bill that lawmakers had stealthily turned into a measure on abortion.


The final vote was 74-41; the bill now heads back to the state Senate for approval.

The legislation (S.B. 353) would bar so-called sex-selective abortions and impose additional regulations on abortion clinics. Public employees and individuals who obtain health coverage through the federal health care law's new public exchanges would also not have access to a plan that includes abortion coverage.

"This is really all about protecting the health and safety of women," said state Rep. Ruth Samuelson (R), one of the main backers of the bill. "Problems do exist in some of our abortion clinics, and that's what we're trying to address."

State Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D) disagreed. "This is an anti-woman bill in disguise, a wolf in sheep’s clothing," she said.

Republicans introduced the legislation in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning by attaching the abortion provisions to a motorcycle safety bill – without first notifying either the public or their Democratic colleagues.

Written By: Amanda Terkel
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  1. “Problems do exist in some of our abortion clinics, and that’s what we are trying to address.”

    Deal with the clinics then and sort the problems there rather than rig the laws to suit your agenda concerning women’s rights! Talk about ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ indeed!

  2. “Republicans introduced the legislation in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning by attaching the abortion provisions to a motorcycle safety bill — without first notifying either the public or their Democratic colleagues.

    The House version tweaked a similar measure passed by the Senate — which itself had been tacked onto a bill banning Sharia law — “

    This is considered a legitimate way for government to do business in the USA? It sounds more like the kind of thing you expect from those countries that merely pay lip service to the democratic process.

    • In reply to #4 by Uriel-238:

      Stay classy, Republicans.

      It’s an end justifies the means argument, they’re being bad but only so they can prevent us from being even worse therefore they’re the good and of course the “classy” ones.

      And the reason why reason, logic, common sense and human decency cannot be relied upon!

  3. Here is a cool story about a woman named Sarah Slamen testifying in front of legislators passing similar laws in Texas:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/10/sarah-slamen-texas_n_3573431.html

    Here is an excerpt from her speech:

    “Thank you for being you, Texas legislature. You have radicalized hundreds of thousands of us, and no matter what you do for the next 22 days, women and their allies are coming for you,” Slamen said. “Let’s start down the line. Senator Campbell, you’re an ophthalmologist. So I won’t be making you the expert on reproductive health. We can give you all the children with chlamydia and herpes in their eyes, since we don’t have Sex Ed in this state.” Nelson slammed her gavel and accused Slamen of being disrespectful. Slamen shot back, “Excuse me, this is my government, ma’am. I will judge you.”

  4. Public employees and individuals who obtain health coverage through the federal health care law’s new public exchanges would also not have access to a plan that includes abortion coverage.

    “This is really all about protecting the health and safety of women,” said state Rep. Ruth Samuelson (R)…

    The cognitive dissonance at display here is astounding, and it reminds me why I hate politics and ( most ) politicians.

    They’re incapable of telling the truth and all that matters is the next vote. Yuck.

  5. I can’t stand politics some times. I have no problem with anyone having their own point of view and even trying to enact legislation to see their point of view furthered. But at least be intellectually honest about what you are trying to do and WHY. If you are so sure your point of view is the right one, then you shouldn’t need sneaky backdoor politics to pass bills, they should be able to stand on their own ya? I’d actually respect their POV more if they just simply came out and said, “we want this because our religion tells us abortion is wrong.” Heck, they might even get more support for being truthful. That they are not truthful, and instead sneaky should make you questions how confident they are in their positions.

  6. Rep. Presnell: I want women to be more responsible.

    Then make it easy and with no shame attached. A Planned Parenthood in kc looks like a prison – tall chain/wire fencing, and flood lights. Not exactly inviting.

    I prefer she plan ahead – lot of birth procedures (?) you can take care of by using b.c.

    Again, make contraception affordable and easy to get, and this whole issue may become moot.

    A motorcycle-vagina meme is in full throttle.

    • In reply to #11 by bluebird:

      Rep. Presnell: I want women to be more responsible.

      Then make it easy and with no shame attached. A Planned Parenthood in kc looks like a prison – tall chain/wire fencing, and flood lights. Not exactly inviting.

      I prefer she plan ahead – lot of birth procedures (?) you can take care of by using…

      The fence is to keep the crazies out and protect the women. Sad.

  7. Here is another bit of insanity from Texas regarding women trying to attend the legislature as it passes more attacks on women:

    State troopers are confiscating tampons, maxi pads and other potential projectiles from those who are entering the Texas capitol to watch the debate and vote on a controversial anti-abortion bill. Guns, however, which are typically permitted in the state capitol, are still being allowed.

    http://crooksandliars.com/juanita-jean/texas-senate-removes-tampons-mass-des

  8. What has abortions got to do with motorcycle safety? They should just be up front with legislation and call it for what it is instead of trying to sneak it in the backdoor and hope nobody will notice (or threaten good non abortion legislation if they don’t get their way).

    • Motorcycles are often inadvertently involved in very late term post natal abortions. So maybe that’s the connection.

      In reply to #15 by Eyerish:

      What has abortions got to do with motorcycle safety? They should just be up front with legislation and call it for what it is instead of trying to sneak it in the backdoor and hope nobody will notice (or threaten good non abortion legislation if they don’t get their way).

  9. Legislative Slight of Hand. The kind of trick pulled by cheap magicians whose methods are visible to anyone with a brain. The fact that this is being passed on to the Senate for approval really makes me shudder. The very underhandedness of this bill should be a blaring warning against their so called “good intentions”.

  10. It’s actually an anti-choice bill with a motorcycle safety rider attached, since most of the bill’s text is about abortion. What next – a school-prayer bill attached to a hazardous waste disposal rider? Is there any leap too ridiculous for these idiots to make?

    And this whole move to nickel-and-dime Roe v. Wade to death state by state? Not even defensible biblically, since their musty old tome tells them to attend to the beam in their own eyes before bothering about the mote in their neighbors’ oculary orbs…yet these (mostly) men insist on judging women by what goes on between their legs.

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