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NC House to weigh length of waiting time before abortion

RALEIGH (AP) — Republicans are pressing forward with their proposal to extend the time a pregnant woman must wait before having an abortion in North Carolina.

A measure slated for state House debate Thursday would increase the waiting period from the current 24 hours after receiving provider information about the procedure to 72 hours.

The GOP sponsors and supporters say the extension ensures women have enough time to make what can be an irreversible decision. Critics of the bill say the delay is a medically unnecessary mandate and actually takes control of health decisions out of the hands of women.

The bill also requires physicians give more data to the state about the abortions they perform.

Only three states now require a 72-hour wait.

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