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Gov. McCrory says he will support House abortion bill

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Governor McCrory with Norman Sanderson and Sabrina Bengel. Governor McCrory with Norman Sanderson and Sabrina Bengel.
NEW BERN, N.C. -

Governor Pat McCrory says he will support the House version of a controversial abortion bill.

McCrory spoke with 9 On Your Side Friday afternoon in New Bern. He's there as part of his "Main Street Tour" initiative.

"If the General Assembly sends me the Senate-approved bill (HB 695), I will veto it. If I get the House-passed bill (SB 353), I'll sign it," said Governor Pat McCrory. "The recent House version allows the medical professionals at the Department of Health and Human Services to write the rules which will ensure women's safety. I want to thank those who worked on an improved bill which will better protect women while not further limiting access."

McCrory started his afternoon tour with lunch at Captain Ratty's. The governor's office said McCrory gets out and visits towns across the state periodically just to talk with folks.

Governor Pat McCrory greeted the abortion bill protesters who showed up at his luncheon in New Bern, even thanking them for coming.

"I don't want some man telling me what I can do when I'm in my doctor's office," said protester Martha Dzioba.

Dzioba opposes the abortion bill the State Senate passed last week. It would require doctors to be present for all doses of abortion drugs and force clinics to meet the standards of an ambulatory surgical center.

"I want him to keep his promise to say that he would sign a further abortion restriction bill," said Dzioba.

And the governor says he will keep his promise.

"We're not making abortion restrictions tighter. We're making new regulations to update the many new procedures that have been in place since the mid-1980s," said McCrory, a Republican.

McCrory says the bill shouldn't close any of the state's abortion clinics.

"The modified bill changes when the doctor has to be around to take pills, and in the most recent bill, it's just about the first pill," said McCrory.

Dzioba says she hasn't read the modified bill yet, but she's not entirely convinced it'll protect women's access.

"Reality will tell us whether those abortion clinics or reproductive rights places close down," she said.

The House version of the bill now goes to the Senate for approval.

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