Issue Background


Why is it necessary to increase the waiting time from 24 hours to 72 hours?

Abortion is a life-changing procedure for the mother and a life-ending procedure for her unborn child. HB 465 gives women more time to research and consider all of her available options. This law simply expands the existing 24-hour waiting period to 72 hours. Further, the waiting period begins when the woman makes a phone call to the abortion provider and receives information about the procedure.

Will HB 465 prevent doctors from being trained on how to perform abortions?

No, students at ECU and UNC may go off campus to receive abortion training if they choose to do so. HB 465 simply closes a loophole that was allowing abortions to be performed in a state-owned hospital using state personnel. The law clarifies that state facilities and state personnel may not teach students how to perform abortions or provide abortions other than for cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother.

Will HB 465 result in UNC losing accreditation?

Absolutely not. UNC will not be at risk of losing accreditation as The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requirements only require that students be trained about the "complications of abortion." Further, students at UNC will be able to seek additional training in abortions if they wish at off-campus facilities such as Planned Parenthood and Duke University. HB 465 simply closes a loophole that was allowing abortions to be performed in state-owned hospitals using state personnel.

HB 465 will:

  • Provide a woman seeking an abortion with more time to consider and research her options by increasing the waiting period from 24 to 72 hours
  • Ensure that women who decide to have an abortion receive the safest and most competent care possible by requiring providers to be licensed OB/GYN physicians
  • Strengthen the annual statistical reporting requirements abortion facilities must submit to the state so that we can better track abortions in North Carolina
  • Close a loophole in the law that has allowed taxpayer dollars and resources to be used to perform abortions at state-owned university hospitals (UNC and ECU)