RALEIGH- Planned Parenthood in North Carolina released the following statement today in response to the NC House Judiciary B Committee’s surprise hearing on their omnibus abortion restriction bill this morning at 10:00am. The committee gutted an unrelated bill, SB 353 formerly dealing with motorcycle safety, and inserted provisions from HB 695 into it.
“It is a disgrace to North Carolina that legislators have again resorted to sneak attacks to move their anti-women’s health agenda forward,” said Melissa Reed, Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Health Systems. “Once again there was no public notice that this bill would be heard. The public and even many legislators on the committee only learned this was a possibility at 9:57am [three minutes before the committee was to meet] when a political reporter was tipped off and posted it on Twitter. This is outrageous and not how the people’s business should be conducted.”
“Following yesterday’s sham public hearing we knew another sneak attack was likely, but we continue to be surprised by how low this legislature is willing to stoop,” said Paige Johnson, Vice President of External Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Central NC. “Legislators who want nothing more than to interfere in a woman’s personal pregnancy decisions once again prove that they are not to be trusted. They will stop at nothing to severely restrict access to safe and legal abortion in North Carolina. They know that the public is outraged and want to do everything they can to keep women in the dark.”