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North Carolina

Biased Counseling & Mandatory Delay

Except in the case of a medical emergency, a woman may not obtain abortion services until at least 24 hours after the physician or qualified professional tells her by phone or in person: (1) the name of the physician who will provide abortion care; (2) the medical risks associated with abortion care; (3) the probable gestational age of the "unborn child"; (4) the medical risks associated with carrying the pregnancy to term; (5) the attending or referring physician must provide an ultrasound prior to the abortion and that the woman has the right to view the ultrasound prior to the abortion; (6) if the physician who is to provide abortion care does not have liability insurance for malpractice reasons; and (7) the location of a hospital within 30 miles that provides obstetrical or gynecological care.

Additionally, 24 hours before receiving abortion services, the physician or qualified professional must tell the woman by phone or in person: (1) that medical assistance from federal and/or state programs may be available for prenatal care; (2) the father is liable to assist in support for the child; (3) that there are alternatives to abortion; and (4) that she is free to withhold or withdraw her consent at any time without impacting her availability for state or federal assistance programs.

The state Department of Health and Human Services must publish printed materials and make them available online.  The printed materials must: (1) provide geographically indexed materials designed to inform a woman of public and private agencies and services available to assist her through her pregnancy, including adoption agencies; and (2) inform the woman of the probable anatomical and physiological characteristics of the "unborn child" at two-week gestational increments from the time a woman can be known to be pregnant until full term.  The materials shall contain objective information describing the abortion care , the medical risks associated with it, the possible adverse psychological effects of abortion, and the medical risks associated with carrying an unborn child to term.

In addition, prior to an abortion, the woman must be offered the opportunity to review a state-prepared videotape that must include much of the information provided in the state-prepared materials.

N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 90-21.80-92 (Enacted 2011).


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