Local Mayors Testify Against Bill Limiting Abortion Coverage for Town Employees

As part of a larger effort by North Carolina Republicans to restrict abortion coverage in the state (including HB 854: Abortion-Woman's Right to Know Act),  North Carolina House Bill 910 ("Gov't Health Plans/Limited Abortion Coverage"), sponsored by Rep. Stephen LaRoque of Lenoir County, would restrict abortion coverage under health plans offered by local governments to their employees. The bill would also limit abortion coverage under the state health plan for teachers and state employees.

Carrboro mayor Mark Chilton and Chapel Hill mayor Mark Kleinschmidt testified against the bill at the General Assembly on Wednesday, arguing that decisions about employment benefits for town employees should be left to the local governments.

According to an e-mail to the mayors from the ACLU of North Carolina, the bill went to the House floor after moving out of committee, but was re-referred to the House Rules Committee on Thursday. If anyone has more information, please share it.

Both the Carrboro Board of Aldermen and the Chapel Hill Town Council will likely consider resolutions in protest of HB 910 next week.



Looking at what our state legislators have been doing makes me appreciate our awesome Orange County elected officials more and more. Thanks to both Marks for their leadership both here and in Raleigh. 

Ditto to your comment Ruby.

I couldn't agree more Ruby!

Why, if they are so concerned about the budget, are they spending time (and ultimately our money) on abortion issues? How much will it cost to rewrite this legislation/healthcare?

Why not just leave it along and save us the millions it will cost to change this law. At the end of the day, a person that wants an abortion can simply drive to Virginia or DC.

As expected, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen adopted a resolution last night in opposition to HB 910. Click here.


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