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Gender-Based Abortion Limit Considered By NC House

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans at the North Carolina legislature are resuming efforts to limit abortions with a bill that seeks to punish doctors when the child’s sex is the primary factor in having the procedure.

A House judiciary committee scheduled debate Wednesday on the measure, which would place civil penalties on doctors who knowingly perform what the bill calls sex-selection abortion.

A bill sponsor has said the legislation helps discourage gender bias, but its opponents argue the measure will only restrict access further to lawful abortions.

The GOP-led General Assembly two years ago successfully passed a law mandating wait periods, counseling and ultrasounds for women considering abortions. A federal judge struck down some of the law.

Abortion rights advocates say North Carolina citizens trust women to make reproductive decisions.

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