CAF statement on passage of HB 695

The Carolina Abortion Fund denounces the passage of HB 695, the so-called “Family, Faith, and Freedom Protection Act.” Insisting that abortion clinics meet the same standards of surgical clinics and forcing doctors to remain with their patients until the abortion is complete are unnecessary regulations. These restrictions, passed under the guise of “safety,” are simply a tactic to shutter all but one of our state’s abortion clinics, which will have the greatest impact on the low-income citizens of North Carolina.

The Carolina Abortion Fund denounces the passage of HB 695, the so-called “Family, Faith, and Freedom Protection Act.” Insisting that abortion clinics meet the same standards of surgical clinics and forcing doctors to remain with their patients until the abortion is complete are unnecessary regulations. These restrictions, passed under the guise of “safety,” are simply a tactic to shutter all but one of our state’s abortion clinics, which will have the greatest impact on the low-income citizens of North Carolina.

North Carolinians don't need further obstacles to abortion. At the Carolina Abortion Fund, we hear from callers every day about the sacrifices they make in order to afford an abortion. They go hungry to feed their children, borrow money from friends, and sacrifice their rent payments. In addition to the challenges of scraping together funds, many must travel more than an hour to reach a clinic, as well as arrange for childcare and time off from work.

While we appreciate Senator Trudy Wade (R-Guilford) acknowledging the necessary role of the Carolina Abortion Fund, we would need a budget of $375,000 per year just to meet the needs of those who call our helpline. Our current budget is a fraction of that number and our funding constraints mean that we say “no” to callers much more often than we can say “yes.” We simply would not have the resources to adequately fill the gap in coverage for North Carolina's families if this bill becomes law.

We recognize that these attacks are a part of a broader effort to dismantle rights and protections that foster a healthy, prosperous North Carolina. An increase in sales taxes, on items such as diapers and baby formula, disproportionately affects the families we hear from, as the majority of those who call our helpline already have children. Cuts to early childhood education make alternatives to abortion increasingly daunting for families that are already stretched thin. On top of these measures, families can no longer count on unemployment benefits to make up for lost income.

We urge policymakers to consider the realities of North Carolina families before cementing this legislation into law.