“Abortion – Women’s Right to Know Act” Gives Women Choices

According to a recent Civitas poll, 56% of North Carolina voters support the “Abortion – Women’s Right to Know Act.” This proposed piece of legislation requires doctors to provide women seeking abortions with an ultrasound, information on alternatives to abortion, and 24-hour waiting period before the abortion is performed.

Not only does this proposed act increase the seriousness of a decision to have an abortion by creating more closely guarded rules for the procedure, it will also work to provide women with a clear understanding of their options and the opportunity to reconsider once presented with alternatives.

If passed, this act will be a terrific step towards increasing awareness of a host of organizations that offer counseling and assistance in choosing alternatives to abortion, and it could lessen the probability of post-abortion regret.

House Bill 854, “Abortion – Women’s Right to Know Act,” is currently in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

Update: Changes to UNC Health Care

UNC students can now opt out of health care coverage for abortions, an option not possible less than a week ago. After numerous pro-life students and activists spoke out, the UNC system is changing the details of the new coverage plan. Fellow Civitas blogger Jason Sutton covered the divisive issue earlier this week responding to the plan’s information going public.

The N&O reported:

Starting in fall 2010…a new health insurance policy kicks in , mandating that all students at UNC system campuses, about 215,000 people, have health insurance. Students must either prove they have their own, or buy insurance through a new plan designed to leverage the system’s buying power to offer reasonable premiums and better coverage than most campuses do now on their own.

Students for Life of America quickly pointed out that the mandatory plan covered elective abortions, something not agreeable to pro-life students. In response to the nationally publicized issue, the UNC system announced this afternoon that it will allow students to opt out of elective abortion coverage. However, the system has yet to comment on whether students who opt out of abortion coverage will pay less for their total health care plan.

While this may be a relative gain for pro-lifers, what I want to know is why a public university system is mandating that students purchase health care from their pre-approved provider? Aren’t most college students over the age of 18 and therefore, adults? Sounds like Obamacare has a test case in the UNC System.