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Latest Republican abortion bill is another attempt to control the relationship between patients and their doctors

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  • S359 is another Republican attack on health care using sensationalist claims not based in science. 
    • S359 seeks to “protect survivors” of abortions by criminalizing doctors
    • This practice does not exist in North Carolina because abortions are banned after 20 weeks.
  • Republicans are using an extreme agenda to intimidate patients and their doctors
    • North Carolina Republicans are trying to threaten doctors with criminal action and shame patients over practice not based in the reality of abortion care.
    • Doctors who fail to follow the law as prescribed in S356 could be subject to felony charges and health care practitioners would be required to report noncompliance.
    • There are already rigorous standards and requirements placed on abortion care.
  • This bill is part of an extreme agenda that seeks to ban abortion outright. 
    • This bill models a similar national bill that seeks to criminalize doctors
    • North Carolina House Republicans filed several abortion restrictions in 2019, including a 13-week abortion ban that would make North Carolina the state with the earliest abortion ban in the US outside bans that have been blocked by courts.
    • Since the Republican supermajority was elected in 2010, North Carolina has passed some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation.

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