WJTV News Channel 12 - Lawmaker: NC regulates animal shelters more than abortion clinic

Lawmaker: NC regulates animal shelters more than abortion clinics

Posted: Updated:
Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer (R-Mecklenburg) said current abortion clinic regulations in the state "pale in detail and in breadth in comparison" to those of animal shelters. Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer (R-Mecklenburg) said current abortion clinic regulations in the state "pale in detail and in breadth in comparison" to those of animal shelters.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A House Republican said Thursday that current abortion clinic regulations in the state "pale in detail and in breadth in comparison" to those of animal shelters.

The state House debated the latest version of legislation addressing abortion rules in North Carolina that also seek to satisfy concerns of Gov. Pat McCrory. On Wednesday, members of the House Judiciary Committee voted 10-5 along party lines to change the bill after McCrory threatened to veto the proposal.

The chamber set aside three hours Thursday to discuss Senate Bill 353, which would increase standards for abortion clinics and require doctors performing abortions to remain physically present during the surgery or as a patient takes a drug to induce abortion.

Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer (R-Mecklenburg) said there is a "blatant disregard for standards" for abortion clinics in the state, citing "repeated lab deficiencies, failure to properly administer drugs, and improper Rh [Rhesus] testing and hCG testing."

In severe cases, Rhesus disease can lead to stillbirth. In other instances, Rhesus can result in learning difficulties for the child, deafness, anaemia, jaundice or blindness.

An hCG test measures human chorionic gonadotropin levels as a means of monitoring medical abortion outcomes.

"We do have a problem here -- it is recurring -- and we need to do something to fix that," Schaffer argued. "The current regulations on the inspections, as few and far between as they are, are simply not solving the problem for us."

Schaffer said regulations governing North Carolina abortion clinics "pale in detail and in breadth in comparison to what we require for our ambulatory surgical centers."

She added that regulations on animal shelters in the state are also more restrictive than those on abortion clinics.

"Interestingly enough, not that I'm saying we need to do it this way, they also pale in detail and in breadth to what we require of animal shelters and things promoting animal welfare," Schaffer said.

"I would submit to you [that] we need to be protecting and promoting the health and safety of women with at least the same amount of detail and care that we would regulate what's going on in our animal shelters."

Schaffer admitted the comparison of clinic regulations to those for ambulatory surgical centers and animal shelters "is a bit misplaced."

Following the debate, the bill passed the House 74-41. It now returns to the Senate, who must approve changes made in the House committee.

On July 5, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services shut down a Durham abortion clinic for failure to comply with the safety rules for women's health clinics.

The state suspended The Baker Clinic for Women's certificate of operation due to findings that showed "conditions at The Baker Clinic for Women present an imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the clients and that emergency action is required to protect the clients."

Officials with the Acute and Home Care Licensure and Certification Section of DHHS surveyed the Baker Clinic and found numerous violations.

The survey revealed that the facility failed to perform adequate quality control in blood banking. The Baker Clinic was found to have failed to perform quality control testing on 108 patients that received Rh(D) testing.

RELATED STORIES

RELATED LINKS

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • NC GOP Senate candidates face off as early voting begins

    NC GOP Senate candidates face off as early voting begins

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:15:49 GMT
    The four top-polling Republican Senate candidates, vying to unseat Democrat Kay Hagan, debated on Wednesday night in Raleigh, the night before early voting was set to begin. The primary is May 6, but voters can start heading to the polls on Thursday.During the half hour televised debate, State House of Representatives Speaker Thom Tillis of Charlotte said he was leading a conservative revolution in Raleigh, cutting regulations and taking credit for falling unemployment numbers. Tillis faces c...
    The four top-polling Republican Senate candidates, vying to unseat Democrat Kay Hagan, debated on Wednesday night in Raleigh, the night before early voting was set to begin. The primary is May 6, but voters can start heading to the polls on Thursday.During the half hour televised debate, State House of Representatives Speaker Thom Tillis of Charlotte said he was leading a conservative revolution in Raleigh, cutting regulations and taking credit for falling unemployment numbers. Tillis faces c...
  • Committee proposes rules for drone use in NC

    Committee proposes rules for drone use in NC

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:58:27 GMT
    A legislative committee approved a set of regulations that it hopes will calm people's fears about the use of drones while allowing the industry to flourish.
    A legislative committee approved a set of regulations that it hopes will calm people's fears about the use of drones while allowing the industry to flourish.
  • Republican NC Senate candidates meet in debate

    Republican NC Senate candidates meet in debate

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:24:44 GMT
    Thom Tillis largely shrugged off criticism about aspects of his legislative record from one of the three other candidates participating in their first television debate.
    Thom Tillis largely shrugged off criticism about aspects of his legislative record from one of the three other candidates participating in their first television debate.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
  • Owner of Raleigh 'Party Mansion' guilty of tax evasion

    Owner of Raleigh 'Party Mansion' guilty of tax evasion

    Monday, April 14 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-04-14 20:07:04 GMT
    Claude Verbal II, who now lives in Miami, pleads guilty to a number of federal tax evasion charges.
    Claude Verbal II, who now lives in Miami, pleads guilty to a number of federal tax evasion charges.
  • Piedmont Farm Tour

    Piedmont Farm Tour

    Piedmont Farm Tour

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:25:38 GMT
    The 2014 Piedmont Farm Tour is happening April 26-27 from 2-6pm both days! Come learn about the Triangle’s local and organic farm food scene. Meet local farmers tour their farms!View ourGoogle Interactive Mapfor alist ofthe exceptional farms on the tour this year – with driving directions!Download a PDF of theFarm Tour Brochure - Farm tour maps, directions and descriptions of all the fun things to do at each farm! How to Take the Piedmont Farm Tour Load up a car with your friends andfamily...
    The 2014 Piedmont Farm Tour is happening April 26-27 from 2-6pm both days! Come learn about the Triangle’s local and organic farm food scene. Meet local farmers tour their farms!View ourGoogle Interactive Mapfor alist ofthe exceptional farms on the tour this year – with driving directions!Download a PDF of theFarm Tour Brochure - Farm tour maps, directions and descriptions of all the fun things to do at each farm! How to Take the Piedmont Farm Tour Load up a car with your friends andfamily...
Powered by WorldNow

1820 TV Road
Jackson, MS 39204

Telephone: 601.372.6311
Fax: 804.819.5569
Email: wjtvnews@wjtv.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.