Both Sides of Abortion Debate React to Sweeping New Bill Passed By N.C. Senate


by Kirk Hawkins

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Jeanette Wilson is gearing up for a weekend of  camping with her husband and seven children all represented on the back of her van. "I really feel blessed and I feel like this is what I was made to do," said Wilson.

The pro-life Northwest Charlotte resident is celebrating new abortion restrictions approved by the North Carolina State Senate. "I think it's a good move and certainly I'm proud of the Senators and the Representatives that are going to take a stand and vote on behalf of the people who voted for them," she said.

While Jeannette says the new regulations are needed for safety opponents say they deny access to abortions, "I think it's an outrage. I was really shocked." said Pamela Pearson. Pearson works with Planned Parenthood. She says the new requirements will force all abortion clinics in the state to close except one in Asheville. The end result, she argues, endangers women's health. "It's designed to drive abortion which is a safe and legal procedure...out of North Carolina," said Pearson.

The latest restrictions are one step closer to Jeannette Wilson's goal of outlawing abortions.
"The hearts of the people of this country need to be turned toward these little unborn children and we need to see them as valuable and as human beings  that deserve the same rights constitutionally provided to the rest of us," That's a goal Pamela Pearson doesn't support.
"This is a personal choice that a woman and her doctor make based on her  circumstances...her medical and personal needs as opposed to somebody else's religious dictates," said Pearson.

The bill would require abortion clinics to meet higher operating standards like those of surgical centers. It would also require doctors to be there during the procedures and prohibit abortions based on the gender of the fetus. It's unclear if the house will go along with the bill. It's also unclear if Governor Pat McCrory will veto the bill or allow it to become law without his signature.


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