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Voting Scorecard

The 2011 NC General Assembly session was characterized by several high profile attacks on reproductive health and rights. Two anti-choice bills– HB854 and HB289–became law; in addition, three anti-choice provisions were included in the state budget. Our 2011 Scorecard is designed to inform North Carolinians about how state legislators voted on these important issues.


Scorecard Highlights


Overview of 2011 Reproductive Rights and Health Votes in the Senate

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HB 200: State Budget, Amendment 4
The budget bill prohibited state funding to Planned Parenthood for its provision of preventive reproductive healthcare. This amendment sought to remove the prohibition. It failed by a vote of 19-31. A “yes” vote was a pro-choice vote.

HB 289: Specialty License Plates, Amendment 3
Amendment 3 would have authorized a “Respect Choice” license plate, funds from which would be distributed to Planned Parenthood affiliates in North Carolina. This amendment failed by a vote of 21-29. A “yes” vote is a pro-choice vote.

HB 854 and Veto Override: Mandatory Delay and Biased “Counseling”
HB 854 would have imposed several medically unnecessary requirements on women seeking abortions in North Carolina. Primarily, the bill requires that women receive written materials and listen to state-scripted information designed to persuade them to reconsider their decision. The bill further requires that abortion providers perform an ultrasound and describe the image to the woman. Women would be required to wait 24 hours after receiving written materials and four hours after obtaining an ultrasound before having an abortion procedure. This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 29-20. A “no” vote is a pro-choice vote. Subsequently, the Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto of HB 854 by a vote of 29-19. A “no” vote is a pro-choice vote.

Overview of 2011 Reproductive Rights and Health Votes in the House

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HB 200: State Budget, Amendment 17
The budget bill included a provision to restrict insurance coverage of abortion in the state health plan to situations involving life endangerment, rape or incest. Amendment 17 sought to include threats to mental or physical health as well as grave fetal impairment to the list of allowable exceptions. The amendment failed by a vote of 49-67. A “yes” vote was a pro-choice vote.

HB 200: State Budget, Amendment 19
The budget bill included a provision to restrict insurance coverage of abortion in the state health plan to situations involving life endangerment, rape or incest. This amendment sought to eliminate this restriction. It failed by a vote of 47-70. A “yes” vote was a pro-choice vote.

HB 200: State Budget, Amendment 20
The budget bill prohibited state funding to Planned Parenthood for its provision of preventive reproductive healthcare. This amendment sought to remove the prohibition. It failed by a vote of 51-66. A “yes” vote was a pro-choice vote.

HB 200: State Budget, Amendment 21
The budget bill’s prohibition on funding for Planned Parenthood included federal funds, such as Title X family planning funding, that pass through the state. This amendment would have exempted those federal funds from the funding prohibition. It failed by a vote of 53-65. A “yes” vote was a pro-choice vote.

HB 289: Specialty License Plates, Amendment 1
Amendment 1 would have required that any organization receiving funds from the sale of “Choose Life” license plates counsel pregnant women on all legal options, including abortion. This amendment failed by a vote of 50-68. A “yes” vote is a pro-choice vote.

HB 289: Specialty License Plates, Amendment 2
Amendment 2 would have authorized a “Respect Choice” license plate, funds from which would be distributed to Planned Parenthood affiliates in North Carolina. This amendment failed by a vote of 46-70. A “yes” vote is a pro-choice vote.

HB 289: Specialty License Plates, Amendment 3
Amendment 3 would have authorized a “Respect Choice” license plate, funds from which would be distributed to Planned Parenthood affiliates in North Carolina. This amendment failed by a vote of 49-69. A “yes” vote is a pro-choice vote.

HB 854 and Veto Override: Mandatory Delay and Biased “Counseling”
HB 854 would have imposed several medically unnecessary requirements on women seeking abortions in North Carolina. Primarily, the bill requires that women receive written materials and listen to state-scripted information designed to persuade them to reconsider their decision. The bill further requires that abortion providers perform an ultrasound and describe the image to the woman. Women would be required to wait 24 hours after receiving written materials and four hours after obtaining an ultrasound before having an abortion procedure. This bill passed the House by a vote of 71-48. A “no” vote is a pro-choice vote. Subsequently, the House voted to override the Governor’s veto of HB 854 by a vote of 72-47. A “no” vote is a pro-choice vote.

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