"The recent House version allows the medical professionals at the Department of Health and Human Services to write the rules which will ensure women's safety. I want to thank those who worked on an improved bill which will better protect women while not further limiting access," said McCrory in a statement.
Earlier in the week, McCrory had threatened to veto a Senate version of the bill. He said Friday he would still veto that version if it reaches his desk.
During his campaign, McCrory said he would not sign any legislation that would increase restrictions on access to abortions in North Carolina. But this week, he has signaled he would sign bills that seek to improve the health and safety of women who seek abortions.
The bill approved by the House Thursday increases standards for abortion clinics and requires doctors to remain present for an entire surgical abortion. The physician also must be present when a woman takes the first dose for a chemically induced abortion.
The measure also would prohibit gender-selective abortions, blocks any money from the online health insurance marketplace set up under the federal Affordable Care Act from going to fund abortions, and says abortions may not be included in county or city employee health plans.