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Raleigh, NC –– Planned Parenthood South Atlantic released the following statement regarding the introduction of the Whole Woman’s Health Act today. Coming off of the 2016 Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, SB588 would bring North Carolina into compliance with the Supreme Court’s legal standard by repealing state laws which impede access to abortion. It would also prevent any new, needless barriers from being imposed on women by prohibiting new restrictions on abortion which have no legitimate medical benefit.

Quote from Paige Johnson, Vice President of External Affairs, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic:  

“Politicians should not insert themselves between a woman and her doctor regarding deeply personal pregnancy decisions. Yet, since 2010, North Carolina lawmakers have enacted an unprecedented number of restrictions on safe, legal abortion, creating medically unnecessary barriers that a woman must face in order to access her right to care.

“North Carolina women don’t turn to politicians for medical advice, and politicians should not stand in the way of any patient’s access to expert medical care. With today’s introduction of the Whole Woman’s Health Act, our state is taking a big step in the right direction to ensure that access to safe, legal abortion is not just a right on paper, but is a reality for all the women.”