HB 695 - Amends Abortion Requirements - North Carolina Key Vote


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Title: Amends Abortion Requirements

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends requirements for health care professionals providing abortions and limits the applicability of foreign law.


  • Prohibits any individual from performing or attempting to perform a sex-selective abortion (Sec. 5).
  • Specifies that this bill does not require a physician to question if the sex of the fetus is a “significant factor” to the abortion patient (Sec. 5).
  • Establishes the following fines for any individual who violates the provisions of this bill (Sec. 5):
    • $10,000 for the first violation;
    • $50,000 for the second violation; and
    • $100,000 for the third and subsequent violations.
  • Requires a physician performing an abortion to be physically present during the entire abortion procedure (Sec. 6).
  • Requires an abortion clinic to have standards “similar” to those for the licensure of ambulatory surgical centers (Sec. 6).
  • Requires an abortion clinic to establish a transfer agreement with a hospital (Sec. 6).
  • Prohibits the application of “foreign law” that would result in a violation of the constitutional rights of an individual (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits health plans offered on the health care exchange operating in North Carolina from providing abortion coverage (Sec. 4). 
  • Specifies that the coverage limitation through the health care exchange will not apply to an abortion when the following conditions are met (Sec.4):
    • The pregnancy is the result of rape or incest; or
    • The mother’s life is threatened by a physical disorder, illness, or injury including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy.