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McCrory says he will veto abortion bill unless "significant changes" made

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The abortion battle continued Wednesday in the North Carolina House.

A House committee approved a potential fix to the bill the Senate passed last week.

Governor McCrory said he wouldn't sign a bill requiring clinics to be regulated like outpatient surgery centers.

The House thinks it's made enough changes to get the governor's signature. He hasn't responded.

But Attorney General Roy Cooper did.

He said, "Even with these changes, restricting the health care rights of women is still bad public policy and will ignite more Constitutional challenges in court."

Read the full statement from Governor McCrory below:

"Unless significant changes and clarifications are made addressing our concerns that were clearly communicated by DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, Governor Pat McCrory will veto the existing bill, HB 695, if it is passed by the House and Senate.

The Governor would like to thank those members of the legislature who have been working with the administration  to ensure that the bill's goals and objectives are clearly to protect the health and the safety of women.  The governor believes that major portions of the bill are of sound principal and value. 

The Governor also noted that there is much unfinished business in the legislature and again stressed the importance of passing legislation that will work to grow the North Carolina economy."

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