Republican nominee Pat McCrory held a commanding lead in the polls when he entered the third and final gubernatorial debate against his Democratic opponent Walter Dalton last year. So when asked what new restrictions on access to abortion he would support were he elected to the state’s highest office, McCrory had no need to pander to moderate voters with his answer.
“None,” he said, declining to elaborate on a response that he can expect to see repeated for years to come. Try as he might to frame his signing of Senate Bill 353 as something other than new restrictions on abortion, the facts about this legislation say otherwise — and they speak as clearly as North Carolina’s next chief executive did when asked about the issue last fall.
The N.C. General Assembly has done a great deal to inspire disappointment and ire from those within the state —and ridicule outside it — but few actions generated as much resentment as lawmakers’ actions in regard to abortion. Not only were people upset by the new restrictions themselves, but they rightfully condemned the manner in which the Legislature approached those changes.
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